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Briefing Date:11/08/2005
Topic:Drawing Louisiana’s New Map: Addressing Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Ocean Studies Board
Committee on Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana

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Briefings for Congressional Staff Only
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
HC-8, The Capitol Building -- 10:00 a.m.
and
406 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 2:30 p.m.

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on

Drawing Louisiana's New Map:
Addressing Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana

by

Robert Dean, Graduate Research Professor, Department of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, University of Florida; and Chair, Committee on Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies

Jeffrey Benoit, Proprietor, J.R. Benoit Consulting, Arlington, Virginia; and Member, Committee on Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies

This Academies' report evaluates the near-term plan for the restoration of coastal Louisiana (released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Louisiana Coastal Area [LCA], Louisiana—Ecosystem Restoration Study in November 2004) for developing and implementing a long-term comprehensive program consistent with the broad vision articulated in Coast 2050: Toward a Sustainable Coastal Louisiana (appended to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Louisiana Coastal Area 905(b) reconnaissance report in May 1999). Specifically, the report addresses the following questions:

Although the report was substantially complete at the time of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it also draws broad conclusions about how restoration efforts proposed last fall in the LCA Study should evolve in concert with response, reconstruction, and restoration activities being considered in light of these two devastating hurricanes.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 9, 2005 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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