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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.

LSU Center for River Studies


The LSU Center for River Studies, a collaborative partnership between CPRA and LSU, is an unprecedented effort to showcase Louisiana’s working delta, Louisiana’s coastal program, and research dedicated to coastal restoration and river management. The primary focus of the Center is to operate the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 90 ft. x 120 ft. movable bed physical model, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Mississippi River Mid-Basin Sediment Diversion Program


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…

Flood Risk and Resilience Program


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…

Louisiana Sand Resource Database (LASARD)

The State of Louisiana initially developed the LASARD program to manage geological, geophysical, geotechnical and other related data pertaining to offshore sand searches.

Applied Research Program

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

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

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

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

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

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,…

LCA Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study

The goal of the feasibility study team was to utilize 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…