CRCL Announces 2018 Legislative Platform and Policy Objectives
This platform represents the views of thousands of motivated members of our organization who represent diverse backgrounds and points of view. Our members are parents, fishermen, teachers, and many other people who live and thrive in the precious and fragile coastal ecosystem we call home.
With the passage during the last session of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the State is in a strong position to significantly advance coastal restoration this year. Additionally, with the recommendation of the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group to invest $2 billion on critical restoration projects in the Barataria Basin we hope that the State will claim critical successes in the upcoming year in protecting and restoring our coastline.
Still, there are vital issues that could result in imperiled progress for the coastal program. Proceeds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) are now forecast to be significantly lower than expected. There is no plan for the State to meet debt obligations from the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) 30-year payback although CPRA is working with the Louisiana congressional delegation. Even more alarming, after 2033 there will be a severe drop-off in funds which will threaten the full execution of the projects designated in the Coastal Master Plan.
Louisiana must fully engage with the federal government and the private sector to secure the billions of dollars in additional resources that will be necessary to save our coast and our way of life. To this end, we must succeed in executing our Coastal Master Plan in the most efficient, effective and transparent way possible.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is the largest and oldest coastal advocacy organization in the state. Respectfully, the members of CRCL ask you to consider the following priorities we believe are crucial to effectively address the unprecedented challenges facing our state.
Protect and increase CPRA funding
Pass the 2019 Annual Plan
Continue to press for urgency on large-scale sediment diversions
Explore innovative coastal funding mechanisms
Ensure reasonable and responsible capacity
Only deliberate and far-sighted legislative action will give coastal Louisiana a chance to meet this land loss crisis.