Over the past few months, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has contracted the National Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) to develop a white paper report that captures the state of nonstructural mitigation in Louisiana. The report, "Safe, Secure, and Sustainable: Advancing Nonstructural Hazard Mitigation in Coastal Louisiana," describes the challenges and impediments that have plagued the nonstructural programs of the past and provides recommendations to improve programs at both the local implementation and national policy levels.
Report appendices include a 300-page comprehensive reference guide with a summary of dozens of mitigation programs and funding sources, as well as a timeline and list of organizations and agencies working on mitigation issues in the state.
"We hope this report will serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone working on nonstructural issues in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast," said Chris Pulaski, Coastal Louisiana Organizer at NWF. "We have assembled a comprehensive collection of nonstructural programs—past and present, national and local, provided an assesment of their capabilities and limitations, and organized them for easy reference."
The report will be introduced at the upcoming 5th annual Association of State Floodplain Managers National Flood Proofing Conference and Exposition in Sacramento, CA. For conference information and registration, please visit www.floods.org.
A final version will be available for download in early December.