The 2023 Coastal Master Plan will build upon previous master plan efforts and strive to ensure that the collective effects of project investments reduce storm surge-based flood risk to communities, provide habitats to support an array of commercial and recreational activities, and support infrastructure critical to the working coast. This will be achieved by harnessing natural processes, focusing protection on key assets, and adapting to changing coastal conditions.
The 2017 Coastal Master Plan predictions of future coastal land loss and storm surge-based flood risk, even with plan implementation, demonstrate that isolated project investments often provide minimal benefits beyond their immediate footprint or local area. Synergistic interactions among projects of different types affecting the same region have been shown to produce greater and more sustainable benefits. Moreover, future predictions show the scale of the challenge facing coastal Louisiana and reinforce the need for the master plan process to focus on investments with beneficial effects at the sub-basin to regional scale.
CPRA will accept proposals for new projects or project concepts to be included in the 2023 Coastal Master Plan. Emphasis should be on projects that continue to provide benefit in the face of sea level rise and subsidence without continued maintenance, those that make a contribution to maintaining estuarine gradients in future decades, and those that provide risk reduction at the community or regional scale. New projects that meet this challenge can be proposed by any source, including academia, parishes, elected officials, agencies, NGOs, landowners, business/industry, and the general public.
Please see the New Project Development Program Guidelines and Criteria below.
On October 17, 2018, CPRA will host an informational webinar to review the details of the new project development solicitation. Please register here to attend.