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Louisiana

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Coastal Population 3,573,854 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 51 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016
Coastline Miles 7,721 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
Photo credit: Erik Zobrist, NOAA

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Louisiana.

Funding: Louisiana Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Twenty-four percent, or 84,707 people, live in the floodplain in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Louisiana experienced a loss of 309 square miles of wetland from 1996 to 2010, largely influenced by Hurricane Katrina.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Louisiana's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Louisiana’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Louisiana’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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