BATON ROUGE, La. and AUSTIN, Texas (February 9, 2015) — Nearly a decade after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill ravaged the Louisiana coastline, two groups that have separately tackled a number of issues involving the protective role played by the region’s eroding wetlands and(…)
a local issue
These projects reflect the understanding that water management is a local issue, defined by the characteristics of a watershed and its use – including business, agriculture, livestock, municipal, residential, shipping/transport, and recreational users. Our collaborative work process that is the foundation for these projects is aimed at bringing watershed users together to develop sustainable water management practices that foster mutually beneficial solutions rather than competitive tensions.
The US BCSD has a lengthy track record in implementing facilitated collaboration projects, primarily focused on waste reduction and reuse opportunities. This work has demonstrated that industry-led collaborations can grow in value, lasting years, or even decades, and are capable of accomplishing long-term results. Shifting the focus to water management is expected to yield comparable successes.
Industries in Louisiana have been working with environmental groups, state agencies and university scientists to brainstorm potential solutions addressing water quality issues. Ranging from wetlands restoration to reducing the size of the annual low-oxygen “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, the collaboration through the Louisiana Water Synergy Project is meant to deal with potential(…)