Coastal Louisiana is home to nearly two million people and contains some of the nation’s most distinctive cultures.
Life in the Delta is closely linked to the risks and rewards associated with the River and its wetlands. A unique landscape has created a unique way of life. Many residents depend on a healthy River and Delta for their livelihoods, working in industries such as tourism, transportation, navigation, oil and gas extraction and refining, and in commercial fishing and shrimping. Recreational fishing, hunting, and boating are an important part of the region’s culture and nature-based tourism. Moreover, New Orleans and other major population centers depend on healthy wetlands to buffer storm surge and waves during hurricanes.