Louisiana politicians will take Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on a tour of south Louisiana Saturday to discuss the federal government's role in coastal restoration and wetlands protection.

Zinke will visit the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve near Thibodaux and take an airboat tour of a freshwater diversion in St. Charles Parish. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and Congressman Garret Graves will join him on the trip, according to a news release from Cassidy's office.

Cassidy hopes to show Zinke how offshore leasing revenue contributes to coastal restoration projects, and how reducing those revenues would impact restoration efforts. It's not just about protecting nature, Cassidy observed, noting that the Louisiana coast is a vital part of the energy supply chain.

Cassidy said he would demonstrate "the national economic importance of coastal restoration and protection as a vital part of U.S. energy dominance."

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