Updated coastal plan calls for $50 billion in levee, restoration projects

(The Associated Press/Alex Brandon)

The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved the state’s updated coastal master plan last week, paving the way for $50 billion worth of wetland restoration and storm protection projects over the next 50 years, reports NOLA.com. The Senate backed the plan early this month.

Both chambers also approved the $1.6 billion annual coastal plan. The 2024 plan is about $27 million more than this year’s plan, and includes several dredging projects aimed at rebuilding 22 square miles of land.

The master plan, which has now been updated four times since 2007, is ambitious and expensive, but failing to carry it out would cost Louisiana much more, officials with the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said. Read more.