Date of Award

Summer 8-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban and Regional Planning


Planning and Urban Studies

Major Professor

Marla Nelson

Second Advisor

Traci Birch

Third Advisor

Renia Ehrenfeucht


The bayou communities situated at the southern ends of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana possess a rich and uniquely diverse cultural heritage. However, economic factors, combined with environmental issues such as land loss from oil and gas dredging, subsidence, and rising seas, have spurred significant migration “up the bayou” in recent decades, threatening the loss of these cultures and leaving behind a population that is growing increasingly more vulnerable. This study investigates the current and anticipated social, physical and fiscal impacts of persistent land loss and population decline on lower Terrebonne Parish, as well as planning strategies for maintaining existing infrastructure and services with a decreasing tax base. This research also examines the paradoxical role that high-end recreational fishing camps play in both contributing the tax revenues needed for infrastructure maintenance and service provision for residents wishing to adapt in place, while both responding and contributing to local socioeconomic shifts.


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