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Key Initiatives

There is more to restoring and protecting the infrastructure and environment of coastal Louisiana than just building projects. We must also build understanding and cooperation, foster education and ideas, and seek to build beyond the limits of what can be wrought with sediment, steel and machinery.

To that end the CPRA invests in a variety of initiatives intended to meaningfully impact its mission in subtle and direct ways. From the education of our youth in our marsh environments, to needed scientific research, to simply preserving our existing coastal forests, the CPRA involves itself in the full spectrum of providing robust and all-encompassing efforts to achieve an improved and sustainable future for our people today and for generations to come.

Flood Risk and Resilience Program

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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, flood proofing structures, and voluntary acquisition or relocation. These measures are key components of protecting communities through a “multiple lines…

Mississippi River Sediment Diversion Program

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For decades, sediment diversion projects have been a staple of every coastal plan that has been published. The question is rarely whether we should build them, but how and where to build them, how to pay for them, and how to operate them once built. That all has changed over…

Applied Research Program

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The objective of the CPRA Applied Research Program is to establish and manage an annual research program to provide Louisiana-based interested parties with funds to conduct research investigations and/or tool development activities that will enable CPRA to more effectively protect and restore coastal resources. The CPRA Applied Research Program is…

Coastal Innovation Partnership Program

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The goal of the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program is to provide an avenue for coastal innovations to be considered by the state’s coastal program. This initiative is important to the long-term success of the coastal program because it provides a link between the coastal questions that need answers and the…

South Central Project

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The project is a CPRA effort to identify opportunities for hurricane protection and coastal restoration within the area. The primary goal is to develop a comprehensive plan to provide hurricane and storm damage risk reduction and to provide coastal restoration measures to achieve ecosystem sustainability. The 2012 Master Plan recommended…

Southwest Coastal LA Feasibility Study

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The goal of the study is to develop a comprehensive plan for the study area that will provide hurricane and storm damage risk reduction and provide coastal restoration measures to achieve ecosystem sustainability.

Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program

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The goals of the Youth Wetlands Education Program are to instill into students the complexities and consequences of continued unprecedented loss of wetlands on the citizenry of Louisiana, to instill into students that they are ambassadors for responsible stewardship of Louisiana’s natural resources, and to encourage forward thinking that results…

Coastal Science Assistantship Program

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Funding these assistantships will allow CPRA to direct scientific research to answer questions about planning, designing, constructing and evaluating coastal protection and restoration projects, which will ultimately contribute to program success. In addition, these assistantships will improve CPRA’s scientific credibility by developing relationships among the students, the professors, their universities,…

Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative

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The goal of the CFCI is to conserve and protect in perpetuity coastal forest resources in Louisiana which provide a significant benefit to the citizens of Louisiana from multiple perspectives. The primary objective of the CFCI is to acquire land rights (fee title or conservation servitude) from willing landowners of…

LCA Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study

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The project team will use modeling results and recommendations from other large-scale coastal restoration plans (including the Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, 2012) to provide a decision-making framework for the management of a sustainable coastal ecosystem that allows for the coexistence of navigation and flood control uses…