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Video: Louisiana’s Plan to Protect and Restore the Coast

Sep 22, 2015

On Tuesday, September 22, Kyle Graham, the Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, addressed a BGR Breakfast Briefing sponsored by IBERIABANK. Stay on top of future BGR events by signing up for emails.

Graham discussed the scope of the land loss faced by coastal Louisiana, as well as the state’s limitations in addressing the problem.

“We can’t put back everything that was lost, and we can’t protect everything that we have,” he said.

Though funding a 100-year level of risk reduction from storms is unrealistic, Graham said Louisiana can reduce risk in every parish, according to unique regional needs.

In the short clip below, Graham uses dredging costs to illustrate the significant funding shortfall the state faces in meeting the goals outlined in the 2012 Coastal Master Plan.

Click here to download his presentation.

See the video below for Graham’s full remarks, as well as an introduction from BGR’s new President & CEO, Celeste Coco-Ewing.