Identify jurisdictional boundaries among state and federal agencies working on these issues, as well as conflicting legal mandates that may hamper action. Alert states and national policy makers to specific options for redrawing these agency boundaries and resolving legal conflicts.
CIVIL WORKS AGENDA FOR SUSTAINING U.S. WATER RESOURCES
Using Louisiana’s experience with rising seas, climate change, infrastructure failings, and wetland loss to highlight the need for innovation, work with national partners to articulate a prioritized civil works agenda for sustaining US water resources.
Work with state and national regulators, NGOs, industry and scholars to make formal recommendations to the President-elect regarding the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The recommendations stress the need to aggressively confront climate change in ways that maximize economic opportunity as well as environmental gain. You can view the report here.
Inform local, regional and national foundations about what sustainability means for the Gulf Coast region. Help these foundations leverage their private capital at the national level in ways that can better support communities facing land loss and climate change.
Work with diverse partners to secure more reliable sources of federal funding for coastal protection and restoration projects throughout the US, using traditional sources, such as Water Resources Development Act, and other federal and state funding processes.