For Immediate Release: May 30, 2007
Contact: Chris Macaluso
***Please Note: Governor Blanco's Press Conference can be viewed at: http://gov.louisiana.gov/ ***
Legislature Unanimously Adopts CPRA Master Plan as the Blueprint for Coast's Future
Governor Blanco to Discuss Historic Legislation at Friday Press Conference
BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 1 in the fourth-floor press room of the State Capitol to discuss the Louisiana Legislature's historic adoption of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's comprehensive master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection.
The press conference can be viewed at http://gov.louisiana.gov/
The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved the plan Wednesday, marking the last step in the legislative adoption process. Both the master and fiscal year 2008 annual plans were introduced to the legislature April 30 and were unanimously adopted by the both the House and Senate Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Natural Resources as well as the full Senate before being adopted by the full House.
The master plan represents the first time Louisiana's history that the restoration of coastal wetlands has been integrated fully with hurricane protection of coastal communities and the national assets located in the coastal zone. The CPRA's Integrated Planning Team completed the Master Plan in late April of this year after more than a year of extensive research, scientific input, public discussion and stakeholder meetings.
The master plan can be viewed at www.lacpra.org/masterplanfinal The fiscal year 2008 annual plan can be viewed at www.lacpra.org/2008annualplan
For more information, please contact Chris Macaluso in the Governor's Office of Coastal Activities at (225) 342-3968 or by email at email@example.com.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast. Working with federal, state and local political subdivisions, including levee districts, the CPRA will work to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come. The CPRA of Louisiana was established by Act 8 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2005.