Gov. Edwards calls on plan to save Louisiana's eroding coastline

Gov. Edwards calls on plan to save Louisiana's eroding coastline

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Put a governor in the sky and he will tell you about a very grounded issue affecting Louisiana.

"Protecting the coast protects an awful lot of jobs," Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards said. "Whether it's the energy sector, whether it's fishing, whether it's navigation, but really it's our entire way of life."

He booked a flight with other lawmakers to see parts of the coastline where work has been or needs to be done to address what he calls the "greatest challenge of our time."

"Most of the projects that we've needed to do are still on the list of projects to be done," Edwards said.

It is that jet lag in progress he says keeps the coastline restoration project from taking off.

"The sense of urgency is actually greater than it was five years ago and it underscores the fact that we're in a race against time and we have to move now," Edwards said.

That master plan called on $50 billion dollars to be spent over 50 years to restore the coast to protect from erosion and keep industry soaring through the Pelican State, but Edwards admits the plan is hitting some rough air.

"When we put this plan together what was then a worst case scenario is some circumstances is now a best case scenario," he said.

One plan he floated around is restoring 20,000 acres of coastline by the year 2020, a plan that is not yet off the ground.

This group will meet again in December to lay a clear path toward coastline restoration.

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