This interview was produced for WWNO -- New Orleans Public Radio
The 2017 Coastal Index from the Data Center says not enough of the coastal restoration contracts are staying in Louisiana, and that state could do more to bolster the water management industry here. (THE DATA CENTER)
Louisiana spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to restore and protect the coastline with big earth-moving projects, like building marshes and barrier islands.
The state hires professional contractors to bring in their backhoes, dozers, dredges and workboats to do the job. It’s big business. But a new report says not enough of that money is staying in the state. And with billions of dollars coming from the BP settlement, some see that as a problem.
WWNO’s Travis Lux talked with Dr. Allison Plyer, of the Data Center, about the new report.