The Delta and its Communities

A healthy delta sustains local economies and cultures

Connected to the land

Coastal Louisiana is home to nearly 2 million people, nearly all of who depend in some way on the Mississippi River Delta for their livelihoods. Tourism, transportation, and commercial fishing and shrimping are just a few of the many industries relying on a healthy river and delta. The Mississippi River Delta's habitats provide numerous economic benefits, such as oyster beds, wildlife habitat and fishing grounds. Coastal communities have been living off the delta for decades, and a sustainable, healthy delta is critical to their survival.

What land loss means to local communities

As Louisiana’s wetlands recede, communities and businesses are becoming exposed and vulnerable to disaster. Subsidence and storm surge have caused Louisiana to lose 1,900 square miles of coastal land since the 1930's. As land disappears, local communities are finding themselves closer and closer to open water. Without action to reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta, Louisiana’s people and economies will be in jeopardy.

Building resilient communities

A restored Mississippi River Delta will provide the necessary hurricane and flood protection to shelter coastal communities against future disasters. Marsh and wetland restoration will reduce storm surge, protecting homes and businesses. Elevating houses and other nonstructural measures will increase community resiliency and reduce risk. Restoration of the delta will ultimately ensure protected communities, vibrant industries and a thriving ecosystem.

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