Law & Policy Program: Other Publications
Preliminary Options for Establishing Recreational Servitudes for Aquatic Access over Private Water Bottoms
In recent years, there has been an escalating boundary conflict involving aquatic access in coastal Louisiana, primarily between private landowners and recreational fishermen. The origin of this conflict stems from the geophysical deterioration of the state’s coastal zone and the associated legal, economic, and technological changes that have emerged in response to that crisis. In July 2017, the Louisiana Legislature directed Louisiana Sea Grant to study and make recommendations on the creation of public servitudes to facilitate increased recreational access in coastal waterways. A guiding principle imposed by the resolution was to limit the study focus to voluntary actions that would not impinge on individual property rights or impede commerce. This report provides a general overview of the context, history, and drivers of this issue; describes the process utilized for soliciting stakeholder input; and details economic and legal considerations for ten preliminary options that could be used to partially mitigate this conflict.
This handbook was created to help you prepare for natural hazards so that risks to family and property may be reduced. While it is never possible to eliminate all potential damage from a natural hazard, as a homeowner you can take action and implement many small and cost-effective steps that could significantly lower your vulnerability. Mother Nature can be intense. Your family and home deserve protection that only you can provide.
The Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook outlines strategies to reduce, but not eliminate, the risks from coastal natural hazards such as storm surge, other flooding, subsidence and sea level rise, and approaches that are designed to serve as an extra layer of protection or an additional line of defense from those hazards. The guidebook also demonstrates how communities can adopt a flexible approach to hazard planning and accommodate a wide range of attitudes toward restrictions on the use of property to mitigate hazards.
The Louisiana Sea Grant Law & Policy Program has developed a series of information sheets and narrated presentations to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita navigate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs and related legal issues during the ongoing rebuilding process. The information sheets and presentations answer questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, flood elevations, rebuilding after a flood and other reconstruction matters.
A guide for the public containing: Background on wetlands and restoration; Information on project planning, implementation, and monitoring; List of resources, contacts, and funding sources.
In 2000, recognizing the growing importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), President Clinton signed Executive Order 13,158 calling for the expansion and protection of MPAs in the United States. In the wake of the E.O. 13,158, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program received a grant to conduct a review of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico; analyzing enabling legislation, agency jurisdiction, and regulations. Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico: A Survey is the result of that research.
This pamphlet is a users’ guide to the OLRP. The guide is not an official copy of the law and regulations and should not be relied on as such. It contains a summary of the statutes and regulations governing the OLRP. It follows the July 2000 regulations and notes the major differences between the July 2000 regulations and the December 1998 regulations. The full text of the regulations is available from Sea Grant Legal Program. This document is current through July, 2002.