The Lens, with sponsorship from the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, is hosting a panel discussion on the financing of the $50 billion coastal master plan at Loyola University, Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The story we published on that subject generated a lot of discussion and concern, which helped lead to this event.

While much of the discussion about the master plan lately has revolved around implementation — in particular the pros and cons of river diversions — without funding, it’s all academic. Our panel discussion will expand the conversation.

This event is designed to send the audience home with a solid understanding of how to restore our coast.  An example of questions we plan to address include the following:

  1. How far can we go on the current master plan with the funding in place as well as future funding the state believes it can count on?
  2. What will happen to the scope of the master plan, and the coast, if we don’t secure funding sources beyond that date?
  3. What are the chances Congress will step up in the next decade and provide substantial funding?
  4. What are alternative sources of money?
  5. What can you do to help with this challenge?



  • Wednesday, Aug. 20
  • 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Loyola University, Miller Hall 114

Questions: or (504) 258-1624

Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the issue, we invite you to read these articles:

Coastal restoration financing is uncertain, but Louisiana has ideas to find $50 billion

Has state found strategy to hold Corp of Engineers responsible for coastal erosion?

As Lawsuits proliferate, will Big Oil join in a ‘grand bargin’ to save the coast?

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call