MSU study: Residents willing to pay for coastal restoration

GULF COAST — A new survey Mississippi State University finds more than 60 percent of Americans are willing to pay to restore Louisiana’s rapidly eroding Barataria-Terrebonne estuary.

The Courier reports the survey found that respondents were willing to pay between $909 and $1,751 per household for coastal restoration projects. Added up, that could generate between $105 billion and $201 billion for the Louisiana coast, more than the state’s $50 billion master plan for coastal restoration.

The study was designed to estimate American’s willingness to pay for large-scale restoration projects in the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary, one of the fastest-disappearing land masses in the world.

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