Water Management

Louisiana’s Growing Opportunities for Water Management

Billions of dollars are spent each year on coastal restoration and flood control in Louisiana, creating new economic activity. As the state becomes a water management hub, the talent and resources of academia, business and government converge to form world-class think tanks, laboratories and research.

Louisiana is executing the first fully integrated ecosystem restoration project of its kind that will promote a sustainable coastal ecosystem and provide a viable working coast to support significant industries.

In addition, Louisiana’s importance to the United States is unequaled. The state is:

  • A significant producer and transporter of oil and natural gas
  • The single largest producer of blue crabs, shrimp and crawfish
  • The country’s largest habitat for migratory waterfowl and songbirds
  • Home to five of the top 15 ports by tonnage in the nation — the reach of Louisiana’s port system surpasses both that of New York and Los Angeles

According to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, Louisiana is projected to spend $1 billion to $2 billion per year for the next 50 years on water-related research and projects in marsh creation, protection systems, sediment diversion and restoration.