This thesis traces the coastal restoration movement in Louisiana from the early identification of coastal land loss by scientists to the introduction of proactive legislation by politicians like Senator John Breaux. Serving to highlight the transcendence of Louisiana’s problem from a local issue to one of national significance, the focal point of this work is the 1990 federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act or “Breaux Act.” The restoration of Louisiana’s wetlands arose from an emphasis on their economic importance purported by grassroots groups like the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, as well as state and federal politicians. Due to the atypical nature of this disaster, meaning its difference from typical disasters that are readily apparent and fast acting, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, the movement to properly address it was rather convoluted and never quite resulted in complete success.
|Advisor:||Martin, Michael S.|
|Commitee:||Ritchey, Sara, Skilton, Liz, Troutman, John|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental Studies, History|
|Keywords:||And restoration act, Breaux act, Coastal restoration in louisiana, Coastal wetlands planning, Cwppra, Louisiana wetlands, Protection, Wetlands restoration in louisiana|
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