Coastal Restoration and Preservation

Director Mart Black, FAICP


Louisiana Coastal Area Study (LCA)

The Louisiana coastal plain remains the largest expanse of coastal wetlands in the contiguous United States. The coastal wetlands, built by the land building or "deltaic" processes of the Mississippi River, contain an extraordinary diversity of estuarine habitats that range from narrow natural levee and beach ridges to expanses of forested swamps and fresh, brackish, and saline marshes. Taken as a whole, the unique interplay of habitats - with their hydrological connections to each other, upland areas, the Gulf of Mexico, and migratory routes of birds, fish, and other species - combines to place the coastal wetlands of Louisiana among the Nation's most productive and important natural assets.

The Louisiana Coastal Area Study (LCA) was created in 2002 to respond to the need for in-depth study that was not provided by the Coast 2050 Restoration Plan of 2000. Subsequent to authorization, detailed studies are completed on features of the Comprehensive Plan. As envisioned, these feature studies result in project implementation reports (PIRs), which are in detail sufficient for preparing plans and specifications to implement the proposed projects.

Click here to see a list of LCA projects in Terrebonne Parish.

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