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TULANE INSTITUTE ON WATER RESOURCES LAW & POLICY Releasing New Multidisciplinary White Paper Surveying Aspects of Moving People out of Harm's Way

We are pleased to announce the release of "Community Resettlement Prospects in Southeast Louisiana: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Legal, Cultural, and Demographic Aspects of Moving Individuals and Communities," new white paper published by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy takes a multidisciplinary approach to surveying government programs to relocate people or resettle communities. The paper, coauthored with members of The Water Institute of the Gulf and the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, recounts successes and failures of legal mechanisms exercised by the federal government to move citizens and communities, examines the cultural impacts of such programs in the past when exercised in Southeast Louisiana, and looks ahead through an exploratory demographic analysis of the communities in harm’s way and the effects on them by the Coastal Master Plan and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The paper does not advocate for resettlement or relocation, but finds that such programs, which may be necessary in the face of sea level rise and potential large-scale coastal restoration projects, are difficult to successfully pull off. Despite a variety of powers that could be potentially executed by the Federal government, relocation or resettlement projects need political and financial support from the government, and, also, the support from the communities and individuals being moved. Given the history of failed projects in Southeast Louisiana, engendering public support for and trust in the necessary government program could be difficult. Furthermore, the people most likely to need to be moved are disproportionately marginalized populations. If this stuff were easy, it would have been done by now. 

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TULANE INSTITUTE ON WATER RESOURCES LAW & POLICY and ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE hosted a webinar on the new Treasury Department Guidances and Interim Final Rule for the RESTORE Act

This webinar featured a panel of experts to provide an overview of these complex and interrelated documents, with special focus on the Treasury Department’s interim final rule for administering the Restoration Trust Fund.  The goal was to review how the documents relate to each other, the key elements of Treasury’s oversight regulations and how they have evolved since they were first proposed last September, and key issues and opportunities. There is approximately one hour of presentations followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the webinar audience. The presentation materials and a recording of the event are available online


TULANE INSTITUTE ON WATER RESOURCES LAW & POLICY Releasing First in a FINANCING THE FUTURE Series of White Papers, "Turning Coastal Restoration and Protection Plans into Realities: The Cost of Comprehensive Coastal Restoration and Protection"

We are excited to announce the release of the first in a series of white papers on financing comprehensive coastal restoration and protection. This paper looks at the projected cost of saving Louisiana's coast and protecting its coastal communities. Future papers in this series will review the identified and prospective sources of funds needed to finance those costs.


TULANE WATER LAW INSTITUTE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE RELEASE NEW WHITE PAPER: "Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration and Recovery Funds: How Much, Going Where, For What?"

We are excited to announce the publication of our new white paper on Gulf of Mexico recovery. Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, the white paper outlines the different funding processes in place today and explores how they intersect. A clear understanding of the mosaic of processes is essential to achieve sustainable, long-term restoration that supports healthy ecosystems and thriving coastal communities.

The white paper is co-authored by the Environmental Law Institute and the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. We would also like to thank the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research for their support of the Tulane Water Law Institute, which helped make this work possible. 




Recent Publications and Presentations  

  • TUWaterWays: 
  • October 28, 2014
  • October 22, 2014 
  • October 15, 2014 
  • October 8, 2014              


    "Turning Coastal Restoration and Protection into Realities: The Cost of Comprehensive Coastal Restoration and Protection," Financing the Future series of white papers, no. 1. August 18, 2014.

    "At the Borders--The New Horizons of Water Management and Water Law," Mark S. Davis, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 24 No 1 2014.

    "Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What?" a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy and the Environmental Law Institute. May 7, 2014.

    Promise, Purpose, and Challenge:  Putting the RESTORE Act into Context for the Communities and Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. April 8, 2013.   




    Upcoming Events  


    November 1-6, 2014
    Restore America’s Estuaries and Coastal Society Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration
    Gaylord National Convention Center
    Washington, DC



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