Thank you for your input
Published: Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 12:39 a.m.
BISCO is a local, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to improve the lives of residents in southeastern coastal Louisiana.
Our mission includes building up the capacity and voices of every day people to address issues of importance to them, to make their communities safer, healthier and sustainable.
We want to thank the many people who attended our community-wide forums to learn more about the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s proposed Louisiana 2012 Master Plan.
We especially want to thank those who made the extra effort to fill out one of our comment forms or to send in their own personal comments.
In all, the CPRA received over 2,200 comments on their draft plan, and we are proud to say that BISCO and these local residents played a valuable role in providing the CPRA with solid, heartfelt comments for the inclusion of projects that will benefit our area into the future.
Those comments were heard, and the final draft of the Master Plan includes more marsh restoration projects for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, as well as other needed projects. While Terrebonne and Lafourche will still need to work for more land-building and risk-reduction projects into the future, this is a really good start for this vital region of the state and country.
It is so rewarding to see the voices of local people raised in unity to request changes in the best interests of their communities, and then to see those voices be recognized and respected, with adaptations made based on those voices. This is the epitome of our mission.
We thank the CPRA and all of those who have worked so passionately for building a framework upon which we can base our long and arduous journey to coastal restoration and resilience.
We know adaptations will still need to be made, but we truly appreciate the effort of everyone involved.
Sharon Gauthe, BISCO Executive Director
Patty Whitney, BISCO Environmental Specialist