New Orleans’ Chief Resilience Officer calls for a Louisiana restoration economy

Water management is a part of our reality and must be a top priority if we’re to secure our own long-term resilience.

Protecting ourselves from the river is not enough — we must also learn to utilize the restoration possibilities it holds. The river is the most powerful tool that we have to rebuild our suffering coast.

Before being leveed, the Mississippi River deposited its sediment load outside of the river channel, creating the very ground beneath us.

When we severed the river’s connection to its wetlands, we began a vicious cycle that has resulted in our current land-loss crisis.

The most promising solution to our situation is in the river itself.

With ingenuity and vision, we can adapt to rising seas, create a new restoration economy, safeguard critical wildlife habitat and protect our communities.

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