Rapid land loss in Coastal Louisiana threatens the very existence of some of the nation’s most celebrated and unique places, cultures, and ecosystems.
Wetlands play an important role, along with levees, floodwalls, and spillways, in providing “multiple lines of defense” in protecting communities and critical infrastructure.
The River, which relies on a healthy, protective Delta, is also critical to the nation’s economy. Studies indicate that just a 14-day closure of the navigation channel and ports would lead to more than $411 million in lost sales and earnings nationally, and thousands of lost jobs.
Without bold action, our nation could lose:
40% of the United States’ marshland
Wildlife habitat for hundreds of species, including endangered mammals and reptiles, commercially important seafood species, and migratory waterfowl.
Critical and extensive energy infrastructure
Louisiana is the number one producer of offshore crude oil in the nation and the number two producer of natural gas.
Trade routes that connect America to the world
The Port of South Louisiana handles more tonnage than any other port in the world and economies throughout the U.S. are dependent on the Delta to reach international markets.
that produce 25% of American seafood in the lower 48 states.
Jobs and ways of life
for approximately 2 million people living in or near the Delta.