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 held an initial public solicitation from September 2018 – March 1, 2019 and a second public solicitation from October 2019 – February 14, 2020 for new project concepts to be considered for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan. Project concepts were requested that continue to provide benefits in the face of sea level rise and subsidence without continued maintenance, those that contribute to maintaining estuarine gradients in future decades, and those that provide risk reduction at the community or regional scale. Project concepts that met the screening criteria will be evaluated with updated models for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan.
Below is a brief summary of key activities for the 2023 Coastal Master Plan currently underway with input from advisory groups:
On October 17, 2018, CPRA hosted an informational webinar to review the details of the new project development solicitation.
On June 16, 2020, CPRA hosted a technical modeling update webinar to provide an in-depth discussion of the overall modeling process and to lay a technical foundation for future 2023 Coastal Master Plan modeling discussions. To view the webinar, please click here. To download the webinar’s corresponding presentation slides, please click here.