Coastal Louisiana faces one of the highest land loss rates in the world, which puts our homes, businesses, communities, and national energy and transportation infrastructure at risk. If this trend continues, the economic, social, and environmental impacts will be severe.
Our problem is complex, and it cannot be solved simply by building more levees alone. That’s why CPRA is responding to the crisis by developing a comprehensive Flood Risk and Resilience Program to support communities’ ability to reduce flood risk and strengthen our ability to adapt in the face of an uncertain future.
To protect communities from coastal flooding, we must take a “multiple lines of defense approach.” Thus the 2017 Coastal Master Plan recommends a comprehensive nonstructural program as part of our strategy to reduce the flood risk for Louisiana citizens. Nonstructural projects include raising a building’s elevation, floodproofing structures, and voluntary acquisition.
The Flood Risk and Resilience Program focuses on implementing nonstructural projects, increasing flood risk awareness, and supporting policies that promote greater resilience across the coast. These policy measures are particularly important to promote wise development in Louisiana’s coastal zone and to protect homes and businesses today and the years ahead.
We recognize that the first step of implementing the Flood Risk and Resilience Program is to establish greater coordination with local officials, policymakers, parish floodplain managers, NGO’s, community groups, and citizens so they are able to work together toward our goals of increasing community resiliency. To build off the knowledge and expertise across Louisiana, the Flood Risk and Resilience Program has created several platforms for collaboration described under the “Working Groups” tab.