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How Declaring A State of Emergency Could Speed Up Restoration Projects

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Locations of proposed river diversions along the Mississippi River. Declaring a State of Emergency for the coast could help speed up their construction.

Governor John Bel Edwards recently declared coastal land loss a "State of Emergency." Officials hope this will speed up federal approval of big coastal restoration projects -- like planned river diversions south of New Orleans.

 

Though good for the coast, big land-building projects can have unintended consequences -- like changing where certain species live. So if the feds agree, instead of a lengthy environmental review process the state could get leeway and start building earlier.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with Tulane Law Professor Mark Davis about what that would mean.

 

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