Apr 30, 2013 8:38 AM by AP
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.