2018 National Planning Conference

Synergies: How a Coastal Parish Adapts

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

Location: Mobile Workshop Departure Area

CM | 7

Cost: $47.00

Activity Type: Mobile Workshops

Activity ID: NPC180037


  • How to plan for coastal adaptation using both structural and non-structural elements, as well as marsh-creation components
  • Strategies to ensure various plan components function in unison to provide protection and resiliency
  • How a well-crafted local protection system can change hydrology and reintroduce freshwater into areas that have become brackish


Terrebonne Parish is a Louisiana coastal parish approximately 60 miles southwest of New Orleans. About 92 percent of the parish is deemed "environmentally sensitive," requiring permits from USACE, LDNR, and Terrebonne Parish, and possibly mitigation for development. Water problems and flooding caused by intense annual rainfall levels, tidal flooding in the lower Terrebonne, and storm surge events are frequent. Salt-water intrusion has contributed to loss of fresh marsh areas and lake rims, making storm surge worse. Terrebonne has adopted a layered protection strategy with six lines of defense addressing protection, restoration, and resiliency using local, state, and federal funds. Tour this parish and discuss the synergies that work together to help it adapt for resiliency.

Mobile Workshop Guides

Christopher M. Pulaski
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Houma, LA

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