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Comprehensive Plan for Coastal Restoration in Terrebonne Parish

Created: 2/28/2009 - Updated: 11/06/2018


The Parish recognizes the need to shift the dominant restoration philosophy in the region from a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy. Continuing to wall off vast expanses of coastal wetlands in hope that it will preserve them indefinitely is no longer an option. Simply writing off aggressive action to restore ecosystem structures and functions at a scale commensurate with their ongoing loss as “too expensive” is no longer acceptable. Rather, the Parish must seek to optimize the influence of all available freshwater resources (riverine, drainage outfalls, and sanitary systems), rebuild critical landscape features which help to maintain an estuarine gradient (without isolating wetlands from sediment sources and important fishery species), and lay the ground work for restoration activities beyond the scale at which they are currently practiced. This Comprehensive Plan for Coastal Restoration in Terrebonne Parish (CPCR) is a vital first step in a long process to realize the conceptual vision articulated in the State’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. It will enable the Parish to take an increased leadership role in planning and decision making for activities affecting the Parish.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Fishery harvest
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
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Systematically Prioritizing Restoration Projects in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Photo attributed to Author Karen Apricot New Orleans. Incorporated here under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. No endorsement by licensor implied.

Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) developed a statewide coastal restoration and hurricane protection plan in 2007. To assess implementation strategies at the local level, Terrebonne Parish hired a consultant to produce a report that scaled state-level recommendations to community-level actions and priorities.

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