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Building more climate resilient future for Louisiana’s coast

Louisiana’s Barataria Basin has experienced some of the highest rates of land loss on the planet: Between 1932 to 2016, the region lost nearly 295,000 acres of land, displacing communities, threatening critical infrastructure and jobs, and decimating formerly diverse and abundant wildlife habitat.

Louisiana’s bounty – its fisheries, wildlife, and abundant natural resources – are at risk of complete collapse without large-scale restoration projects like the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

The scheme is a crucial first step in turning the tide on the state’s land loss crisis and protecting vulnerable communities from hurricanes and sea level rise, while also ensuring the long-term health of the ecosystem and wildlife in the face of a changing climate and coast.

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