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Andrea Galinski, CFM, ASLA

Andrea Galinski, CFM, ASLA

Coastal Resources Scientist
Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority

For the past five years Andrea’s work has focused on the development of the Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, the state’s guiding plan for the protection and restoration of the Louisiana coast (2012 & 2017). She is a member of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan Delivery Team with expertise in the development of CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program including the programmatic framework, nonstructural projects, and policy recommendations. In addition, Andrea has contributed to the generation of visual graphics, illustrations, and master plan document design. Other notable accomplishments include the development of CPRA’s Master Plan Data Viewer, which won Honorable Mention in FEMA’s 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Award for “Technological Innovations.”

Additionally, as a member of CPRA’s Outreach and Engagement team, responsibilities include development of visualization strategies and generation of outreach materials. She has played a lead role in the strategic communication and creative design for CPRA’s public meetings, open houses, educational booths, and website. She also assisted with the design and development of CPRA’s forthcoming Shifting Foundations exhibition space within the LSU Center for River Studies.

Prior to state coastal planning, Andrea has also worked at Louisiana State University as an adjunct faculty in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and School of Architecture. Her design interests center on resilient infrastructure in a dynamic landscape. Aligning university instruction with her current work, she taught a “Restoration Tourism” studio. Her coursework emphasizes rigor of research and the application of coastal Louisiana protection and restoration activities to design practice. Andrea received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a transdisciplinary Bachelor of Philosophy degree in “Human Ecology” from Penn State University. She currently lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, two young children, dog, two cats, and a revolving flock of suburban chickens.

Presentation Description

CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program

The presentation will provide an overview of the increasing coastal risks Louisiana faces, and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program, which can help to reduce the impacts of coastal flood risk.

CPRA’s mandate is to develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive master plan for Louisiana. The master plan’s primary objectives are to reduce storm surge based flood risk and to build and sustain land. Understanding that many communities face serious flood risks that will likely increase in the future, CPRA is pursuing a “multiple lines of defense” strategy that will invest in a combination of restoration, structural, and nonstructural projects to reduce coastal storm surge event impacts. The agency recognizes that structural projects alone, such as levees, will not suffice. Nonstructural projects offer additional options to promote community resiliency in a dynamic coastal environment. The Flood Risk and Resilience Program aims to reduce the economic damages from coastal flood risk through the development and implementation of nonstructural projects and related polices. A total of approximately 22,000 structures are recommended for mitigation in 32 projects areas over the next 50 years.

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the goals of the Flood Risk and Resilience Program and the nonstructural projects recommended in the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. It will describe CPRA’s $6 billion nonstructural mitigation program and the recommended nonstructural projects proposed across the state. The presentation will describe how the projects were formulated, assessed through the Coastal Louisiana Risk Assessment (CLARA) model, and selected for the master plan. Additional details will be provided about the various mitigation measures (floodproofing, elevation, and voluntary acquisition) recommended within these project areas. Lastly, the presentation will note nonstructural related outreach and engagement and ways to learn more information including CPRA’s Coastal Master Plan Data Viewer.

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