Ecosystem and Coastal Management



Michelle Gonzales, Director

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 310
Jefferson, LA 70123
Phone: (504) 736-6719
Fax:     (504) 731-4607
Email:  JPCoastalZone@JeffParish.net

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Mission
To build and manage a resilient and sustainable coastal community by stewarding restoration projects with state and federal agencies; educate our parish on coastal issues through outreach and community education events; and manage construction, development, and production activities in our coastal zone.

History
Jefferson Parish lies entirely within the Louisiana Coastal Zone established by the State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act of 1978 (Act 361). Because Jefferson Parish lies entirely within the Louisiana Coastal Zone the impact of the State's Coastal Zone Management Program is vitally important to the future of Jefferson Parish. In recognition of that impact, Jefferson Parish developed the Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program in 1984. Our local CZM Program which was approved by the state on January 4, 1985, is consistent with the state guidelines and with the policies and objectives of Act 361.