Millions of people in Louisiana and Mississippi were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. As of December 20, 2005, FEMA had taken 2,530,657 registrations from victims. There is much debate on where, and how, rebuilding should take place. In some areas, safe drinking water may not be available for years to come. Should we rebuild in the same places, or do we need to rethink how and where we build along the Gulf Coast?
In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast devastation, Regional Plan Association partnered with the University of Texas at Austin to attempt to answer these and other questions. They convened
the National Consortium to Map Gulf Coast Ecological.