As the Republican Congressman from the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana, Garret Graves said during his Bayoubuzz interview with earlier this week, Louisiana is a "Gold Mine". For reasons, he cited and for others that have been often mentioned, Louisiana possesses riches that few states do. We have the broad Gulf Coast. Then, there's the confluence of the Mississippi River and its Delta. We have immense natural resources, our ports, our fisheries and so much more. Yet, Louisiana is a poor state, with major infrastructure issues including the rapidly shrinking coast, competing for limited federal dollars and national attention.
Louisiana's Coast and the Mississippi River: Such an incredible asset for the state and the nation, but due to coastal erosion and other infrastructure complications, how do we handle such an important issue on the national stage?
At the time of so many competing national needs, what might be the future of the ever-so-vital Louisiana coast?
The United States possesses limited monetary resources with an enormous debt, numerous national and international obligations and the increase of national disasters such as massive floods, fires, and hurricanes. The country also has major infrastructure problems--overburdened with outdated roads and bridges, water systems, airports and other facilities that have played significant roles in making this country, the world leader.