Louisiana Sea Grant Strategic Plan: 2018-2021
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Louisiana Sea Grant Strategic Plan: 2018-2021
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    The environmental crises of Louisiana’s deltaic plain—which includes the Mississippi River Delta and the Chenier Plain—include some of the most challenging coastal issues in North America. The region faces the nation’s largest rates of wetland loss (currently 44 km2/year as noted by Couvillion et al., 2016), highest rates of relative sea level rise, extensive nearshore eutrophication, continued recovery from the largest oil spill in U.S. history and coastal communities that remain vulnerable to extreme events such as river flooding and storms. Four hurricanes, two major river floods, annual hypoxic events and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill have all affected coastal Louisiana since 2005. Thus, Louisiana Sea Grant’s most recent experience has been one of crisis management. This becomes even more significant considering that Louisiana’s coastal resources include the largest fishery (commercial and recreational) in the contiguous U.S., the nation’s largest supply of domestic energy and the largest port complex (by tonnage) in the country.
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