Poll: Majority of La. voters want 2012 Coastal Master Plan approved
According to a new poll released today by Baton Rouge-based Southern Media & Opinion Research, 86% of voters in Louisiana say they want their legislators to approve the state's 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The plan lays out a 50-year vision for protecting and restoring the coast, including increased hurricane risk reduction for coastal communities and reconnecting the Mississippi River with disappearing coastal wetlands. The state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority unanimously approved the plan on Mar. 21, and sent it to the state Legislature five days later. The Legislature must approve the plan for it to take effect. Along with measuring support for the plan, the poll found that 88% of respondents express optimism that when adequate funding becomes available, coastal areas can in fact be saved. The statewide poll was conducted between March 23 and March 27, and included 801 registered voters. See the complete survey findings in a two-page report here. Also released today was a Tulane University report that says the rate of sea-level rise along the Gulf Coast has increased fivefold over the past century compared to the one-thousand-year period beginning in the seventh century. Get more info on the study via the Tulane website here.
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