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New coastal report released focuses on economic impact

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

More evidence of the grim realities to be faced in the state as well as nationwide because of Louisiana's degrading coastal environment.

A two-year study from the LSU Economics and Policy Research Group and the RAND Corporation details the economic catastrophe and the loss of a way of life.

It suggests damage amounts from a storm like Katrina in 50 years, would be $25 billion higher at $133 billion.

The study reinforces other studies that justify the state's Coastal Master Plan and need to restore and preserve now, according to Chip Kline with Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. 

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