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Louisiana Emerges As Global Leader In Water Management

In July 2017, leaders of the renowned Dutch research institute Deltares joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Water Institute of the Gulf CEO Justin Ehrenwerth, and other state and local partners to announce the two institutes will marshal resources to solve Louisiana’s coastal challenge and apply that research worldwide.

For inspiration, Louisiana leaders are looking to Europe and the low-lying Netherlands for fail-safe solutions. For more than 1,000 years, the Dutch have engineered structures to protect populated North Sea shorelines. There, they’ve achieved a delicate balance on the vulnerable deltas of three rivers: the Rhine, the Meuse and the Schelde.

The Netherlands offers more than physical plans for a fast-growing Louisiana sector. In time, water management could rival energy and health care atop the list of largest employers in the Louisiana economy.



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