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Spanning an array of subjects and formats, The Water Institute of the Gulf’s reports provide an in-depth look at the work we do. Please refer to Our Projects to learn more about individual projects.

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Transplanting Communities Facing Environmental Change: An Annotated Bibliography on Resettlement

posted on 12.02.2016

Craig Colten, Author

Through hurricanes, floods, oil spills and other hazards, the people of Louisiana’s coast have one of the highest rates in the country of people living in the same parish they were born. This attachment to place means broaching the subject of voluntary resettlement for some coastal communities will be difficult. This paper collects the bibliography of research on the sensitive subject of voluntary acquisition which is expected to be at least a small part of the nonstructural program needed in the future to protect coastal communities.


Assessing the Cost of Coastal Land Creation Using Dredged Material

posted on 12.02.2016

Ryan Clark, Harris Bienn et al, Author

This report looks at the number of factors that influence the cost of building coastal land using dredged material and recommends cost-saving measures. For Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, marsh creation made up the largest budget percentage of all Master Plan projects at more than $22 billion of which about 85 percent was in construction costs. Recommendations for cost improvements include minimizing the distance sediment needs to be transported which includes adjustments to borrow sites and working on innovations to make the process of conveying sediment more efficient.

SWAMP Version I

posted on 04.01.2015

Ann Hijuelos, Scott Hemmerling, Author

The System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) has been envisioned as a long-term monitoring program to ensure a comprehensive network of coastal data collection activities is in place to support the development, implementation, and adaptive management of the coastal protection and restoration program within coastal Louisiana. The ultimate goal of the monitoring plans are to obtain repeated long-term (e.g., years to decades) measurements that can be analyzed to detect change that may result from a variety of sources, including large-scale restoration and protection projects, environmental disturbances, changing climate, and other major drivers that impact the system.

Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit

posted on 03.30.2015

Craig Colten, Author

The Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit, co-authored by Craig E. Colten and Garrett C. Wolf, is designed as a general reference that provides resources to individuals and communities that can help them adapt to myriad challenges present in coastal Louisiana. Underpinned by a process of understanding challenges and implementing solutions, the toolkit highlights options for adaptations in various aspects of community life, and provides guidance on how to use particular policy strategies or work with both the built and natural environments to foster safety and resilience. These adaptations are organized according to the types of challenges they address, from hurricanes and flooding to sea-level rise and subsidence. 

Diversion Expert Panel Report #4

posted on 03.24.2015

Expert Panel, Author

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a fourth time from February 11 to February 13, 2015, to provide expert advice to the state on issues pertaining to river diversions. The primary focus of the meeting was to receive responses from CPRA on the status of previous recommendations, discuss recent and upcoming decision points and receive updates on ongoing and planned technical analysis that will support future decision making. The fourth report summarizes the Panel’s most important findings to date, and offers four summary recommendations for more effectively advancing the diversion planning process. 

Risk Reduction for Water-Based Hazards Latin America & Caribbean

posted on 03.13.2015

Water Institute, Author

 The Water Institute of the Gulf released a report that proposes collaboration among organizations and coastal communities in Louisiana and Latin America that can develop and stimulate the implementation of planning and management tools that reduce community risk and improve resiliency in the face of recurring water-driven hazards and water supply disruptions. As part of The Water Institute’s ongoing research to restore and sustain the Louisiana and Gulf coasts, it is also focused on developing and discovering methods to sustain coastal communities and developing tools that are exportable to other places around the world.

Risk Reduction for Water-Based Hazards Latin America and Caribbean

posted on 11.03.2016

Craig Colten, Andres Calderon, Author

Water is a common element in hazards affecting communities in coastal and deltaic environments emerging from the ocean as storm surges, from the sky as rainfall, or from rivers and streams as floods. Latin American and Caribbean countries face potentially crippling economic, social, stability and security costs from extreme hazard events, many of which are water-related. These countries need to do more to reduce risks and prepare to respond to likely catastrophes. While floods account for the greatest number of major events in most Latin American and Caribbean countries, droughts affect the most people and adequate potable water supplies represent a near universal challenge. Therefore, when we refer to water-related hazards, we are concerned not only with floods, hurricanes and storms, but also with water scarcity and access to the food that water generates.

This report followed a consensus building and collaborative planning approach designed to address these realities through applied research for the sustainable and balanced use of water for the development of the Latin American and Caribbean people.

Into the Blue 2050

posted on 02.04.2015

Water Institute, Author

Baton Rouge and the Capital Region possess a tremendous environmental and economic asset in our freshwater resources. If we act now in a collaborative effort, grounded in wise and thoughtful planning, we can increase the value of these assets to realize their full potential for contributing to our quality of life, economic well being and overall prosperity. This pursuit was the justification for empaneling the Into the Blue 2050 Focus Group.

On October 1, 2014, led by the Environment & Health Council of Louisiana (E&HCL) and The Water Institute of the Gulf (The Water Institute), a focus group of nearly forty community leaders from across the Capital Region convened to hone this vision, and develop principles and objectives that would catalyze and guide this initiative to better capitalize on the region’s significant water assets.


Diversion Expert Panel Report #3

posted on 01.21.2015

Expert Panel, Author

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a third time from October 27 to October 29, 2014 to provide expert advice to the state on issues pertaining to river diversions. The recommendations included in this report provide additional details and specifics regarding the Panel’s previous sets of recommendations, specifically focusing on the need for in-depth peer review of each technical element, whether in the modeling work, the monitoring program or in the socio-economic studies, in order to ensure that conclusions drawn from the technical analyses are well supported. 

Scenario Building Workshops

posted on 09.02.2014

Craig Colten, Author

During the spring of 2014, The Water Institute of the Gulf conducted scenario-building workshops to help key stakeholders and coastal communities identify possible issues as a result of restoration projects along Louisiana’s coast. These workshops explore the “human dimension” involved with coastal restoration and follows social science participation methods to gather information that can be relayed to decision makers. To download the print version of this document, click here.