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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING


DRAFT AGENDA
April 6, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the CWPPRA Technical Committee will hold a virtual meeting in place of the regularly scheduled public meeting. This virtual meeting will take place on April 6th instead of April 2nd, as was previously scheduled. The deadline for letters of project support for PPL 30 nominees has been extended to April 1st. Please email your letters of project support to Brad.L.Inman@usace.army.mil.
Note that due to web conferencing capacity, we are unable to host a virtual meeting open to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience. Results of the PPL 30 candidate vote will be distributed through the Newsflash after the virtual meeting has taken place.


Documentation of Technical Committee meetings (including minutes, attendance records, PowerPoint Presentations, and meeting binders) may be found at:
http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/CWPPRA.aspx

Tab Number Agenda Item

  1. Meeting Initiation 1:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
    1. Introduction of Technical Committee or Alternates
    2. Opening remarks of Technical Committee Members
    3. Request for Agenda Changes/Additional Agenda Items/Adoption of Agenda

  2. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 1:10 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Ms. Jernice Cheavis will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  3. Report: Electronic Votes and Approvals (Brad Inman, USACE) 1:20 p.m to 1:30 p.m. USACE will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.

  4. Decision: Request of Funds for East Timbalier Island Sediment Restoration, Phase 1 (TE-25) Monitoring Cost During Closeout (Cecelia Linder, NMFS) 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. NMFS will request $73,576.43 from the CWPPRA program's available funds, in order to financially close the long-term phase of the East Timbalier Island Sediment Restoration, Phase 1 project.

  5. Decision: Request For a No-Cost Time Extension for Cote Blanche Hydrologic Restoration (TV-04) (TBD, CPRA) 1:45 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. NRCS and CPRA request Technical Committee recommendation to approve a one year no cost time extension for Cote Blanche Hydrologic Restoration in order to continue working out the proposed final actions before closeout.

  6. Report/Decision: Upcoming 20-Year Life Projects (Brad Inman, USACE) 1:55 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. The project sponsors will present recommended paths forward for projects nearing the end of their 20-year lives. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force on the path forward for the following projects.
    1. Projects requesting approval for project closeout with no additional cost increase:

      BA-23
      Barataria Bay Waterway West Side Shoreline Protection
      NRCS
      1-Nov-20
      PO-06
      Fritchie Marsh Restoration
      NRCS
      1-Mar-21
      BA-26
      Barataria Bay Waterway East Side Shoreline Protection
      NRCS
      31-Mar-21
      BS-03a
      Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Management
      NRCS
      19-Jun-22
      TV-13a
      Oaks/Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration
      NRCS
      11-Oct-22
      CS-31
      Holly Beach Sand Management
      NRCS
      31-Mar-23
      ME-14
      Pecan Island Terracing
      NMFS
      10-Sep-23
      CS-27
      Black Bayou Hydrologic Restoration
      NMFS
      3-Nov-23
      TV-17
      Lake Portage Land Bridge
      NRCS
      15-May-24
      TV-18
      Four Mile Canal Terracing and Sediment Trapping
      NMFS
      23-May-24
      ME-19
      Grand-White Lake Landbridge Restoration
      FWS
      1-Oct-24
      PO-24
      Hopedale Hydrologic Restoration
      NMFS
      15-Jan-25
      TV-15
      Sediment Trapping at the Jaws
      NMFS
      19-May-25

    2. Projects requesting approval for closeout with a cost increase:

      PO-22
      Bayou Chevee Shoreline Protection
      COE
      17-Dec-21
      BA-03c
      Naomi Outfall Management
      NRCS
      15-Jul-22

    3. Projects pursuing project extension through formal evaluation:

      MR-03
      West Bay Sediment Diversion
      COE
      28-Nov-23
      MR-09
      Delta Wide Crevasses
      NMFS
      1-May-25

    4. Projects requesting a transfer:

      ME-11
      Humble Canal Hydrologic Restoration
      NRCS
      1-Mar-23

  7. Decision: CWPPRA Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Update/Revisions (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 2:35 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. USACE will present the requested changes and revisions to the CWPPRA SOP for Technical Committee review and approval.

  8. Decision: FY21 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 31 Process, and Presentation of FY21 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Brad Inman, USACE) 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The P&E Subcommittee will present their recommended FY21 Planning Program Budget development, including the PPL 31 Process.
    1. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve that the PPL 31 Process include selecting four nominees in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins; three projects in the Breton Sound and Pontchartrain Basins; two nominees in the Mermentau, Calcasieu/Sabine, and Tech/Vermilion Basins; and one nominee will be selected in the Atchafalaya Basin.
    2. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve the FY21 Outreach Committee Budget, in the amount of $452,113.
    3. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve the FY21 Planning Budget (includes Outreach Committee Budget), in the amount of $5,103,132.

  9. Report/Decision: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects to Evaluate for PPL 30 (Kevin Roy, FWS) 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Technical Committee will consider preliminary costs and benefits of the 30th Priority Project List (PPL) projects. The Technical Committee will select 10 projects as PPL 30 candidates to be evaluated for Phase 0 analysis, which will be considered later for final selection of projects that will be approved for Phase I (Planning and Engineering and Design). A demonstration project may or may not be selected to move forward



  10. Additional Agenda Items (Brad Inman, USACE) 3:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

  11. Request for Public Comments (Brad Inman USACE) 3:35 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

  12. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 3:40 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Task Force meeting will be held May 6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at the Estuarine Habitats and Fisheries Center, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana.

  13. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Brad Inman, USACE) 3:45 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    May 6, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    Lafayette
    September 3, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    New Orleans
    October 29, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    New Orleans
    December 3, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    New Orleans

    *subject to change

  14. Decision: Adjourn



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