Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

Feb 20, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for his second term in office.

Edwards says for the first time, the state will receive its maximum payment from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Additionally, Edwards says he has committed at least $115 million in state surplus money to the coastal fund, which will bring the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CPRA) planned expenditures for fiscal year 2021 over $1 billion for the first time in the state’s history.

“Over the next four years, CPRA will be investing nearly $1 billion per year in the implementation of some of the most important projects in the Coastal Master Plan,” said Gov. Edwards. “But in order for us to make the most of the opportunities presented by our changing coast and be as successful as possible, we will be redoubling our efforts to collaborate across state government agencies and across the economy. Only through a unified approach resulting from productive partnerships are we going to achieve a Louisiana that is resilient and sustainable economically and environmentally.

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