When Johnny Bradberry was appointed to serve as Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive assistant for coastal activities and chairman of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), he claims it was those years after Hurricane Katrina that provided a professional test equal to or greater than the test of Hurricane Betsy.
His work at CPRA has been among the most important, rewarding and outright challenging work of his life, he reports.
Louisiana stands prepared and confident with a governance structure and science-based Coastal Master Plan that integrates ecosystem restoration and hurricane protection under a single state-led voice. But Bradberry added this could not have been successful without a tremendous staff.
Since its inception, the CPRA has been outfitted with a devoted workforce that has consistently innovated and delivered solutions to complex problems.
According to Bradberry, “Through funding feasts and famine, disasters and near-misses, this dedicated agency has moved dirt, sand, concrete, rock and countless policy hurdles to secure $21.4 billion in funding for the betterment of 46,000 acres of land, 315 miles of levee improvements and 60 miles of barrier island construction
‘’It has been a privilege to be a part of the implementation successes of CPRA,” he said. “Coastal Louisiana is safer and more sustainable thanks to the collective work and commitment of CPRA staff and the many others dedicated to the protection and restoration of our coast.”