- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A new coastal master plan addressing sea level rise and sinking land is expected to be released January. The plan will take on the issues through a series of projects over the next five years.

One-hundred fifty-five projects were submitted to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for the 2017 plan by 42 sponsors. Fifty-two of those projects are being evaluated for the final plan.

Assistant Administrator for Planning and Research Brian Lezina tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/29G2b5m) CPRA tries to plan 50 years ahead as land loss estimates climb every year.

Since the original plan’s creation in 2007, $18 billion have been spent on protection and restoration projects in 20 parishes, 256 miles of levees were improved, and 45 miles of barrier islands and banks were constructed.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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