The system will help scientists learn how restoration projects are working.
Flood gates at the Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes are part of the state’s plan to protect coastal communities.
With the help of a $40 million federal grant, residents of six parishes in southeastern Louisiana have been talking about how their communities could be redesigned to deal with increased flooding. The plans are meant to complement the state’s expectations that thousands of homes will have be elevated, and some bought out, in the coming decades.
They can’t survive if the water isn’t salty enough, and they won’t leave their home in Barataria Bay.
New research shows they can be used together, building more land and reducing harm to fisheries.
They’ll be at the Water Symposium on Thursday evening.
They’ll discuss the latest plans to divert water from the Mississippi River to rebuild the coast.
The New Orleans meeting will be held Oct. 19.
The mouth of the Mississippi River should be moved north and communities downriver eventually will have to be abandoned if other parts of southeast Louisiana are to have a future into the next century. Those were among the more startling recommendations proposed by the teams of coastal engineering and sustainability experts from around the world.
The state hopes to save its rapidly disappearing coast with a 50-year, $50 billion plan based on science that’s never been tested and money it doesn’t have. What could go wrong?