The Leadership Team of Changing Course is pleased to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which seeks multidisciplinary design teams interested in participating in an ambitious design competition. Changing Course is an independent effort led by local and national leaders, with the support and participation of the State of Louisiana and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
As an outgrowth of the State of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (2012), Changing Course seeks to contribute additional innovation, competition and private sector engagement to the exploration of approaches that demonstrate how, over time, the Mississippi River’s water and sediment can be used to:
- maximize restoration of a functioning Deltaic system (land building and natural habitats) in areas adjacent to the Mississippi River below New Orleans; and
- continue to meet the needs of navigation, flood protection and coastal industries and communities.
Our goal is to have solutions developed in time for consideration during the next iteration of Louisiana’s Master Plan in 2017.
Through participating in Changing Course teams will have the opportunity to help shape a sustainable future for one of America’s great natural resources; the Mississippi River Delta. The Delta supports America’s economy, wildlife and cultural heritage. After decades of abuse and narrowly defined management, the Delta is disappearing rapidly, virtually melting into the Gulf of Mexico. While the problems facing the Delta are challenging, we are confident that they are solvable.