Congressman Graves Announces Grant for Coastal Management Program
Baton Rouge, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) today announced a grant of $1,330,000 in federal funding from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide ongoing funding through the National Coastal Zone Management Program to the State of Louisiana to help administer the state's federally approved coastal management program.
“With the encroachment of the Gulf of Mexico on the coast of Louisiana, we have seen the exacerbated flooding that comes inland from hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. We can see that there is a direct relationship between our coastal loss and our increased vulnerability. So we have to aggressively move forward and make sure we continue to fund these programs.”
The National Coastal Zone Management Program comprehensively addresses the nation’s coastal issues through a voluntary partnership between the federal government and coastal and Great Lakes states and territories that protects, restores, and responsibly develops our nation's coastal communities and resources by balancing economic development, coastal uses, and natural resource protection.
NOAA's investment of more than $5.3M over the last two years is leveraging over $4.3M in state funds which will in turn support jobs and provide continued assistance to the Louisiana coastal management program to address many important coastal issues in the state including coastal hazards, habitat protection and restoration, and water quality.