Pontchartrain Coastal Lines of Defense Program
PONTCHARTRAIN COASTAL LINES OF DEFENSE PROGRAM
The coast has always been our first line of defense against hurricanes for southeast Louisiana. Recognizing this, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) developed the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy designed to help save our coast. In the simplest terms, this strategy highlighted below shows how natural features of our coast (like barrier islands, marshes, and ridges) compliment manmade features (like levees) to protect the Greater New Orleans area from hurricanes.
Applying this strategy, LPBF looked to its Comprehensive Habitat Management Plan. The CHMP consists of over 100 projects and is the blueprint for restoration of the habitats in the Pontchartrain Basin. The CHMP projects were prioritized choosing the 10 habitat restoration projects that would also provide flood protection for the Greater New Orleans area. These projects became known as the Pontchartrain Coastal Lines of Defense Program.
You can access a copy of the Pontchartrain Coastal Lines of Defense brochure here. The Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy was developed in 2006 by LPBF. It describes the various features on the landscape that reduce the risk of damage from storm surge to local communities, infrastructure, and economy.
A SET OF 10 WETLAND RESTORATION PROJECTS
1. Maintain the Lake Borgne Landbridge