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CWPPRA
COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
October 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Location:

PLEASE NOTE THE VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING IS CANCELLED.
Due to the incoming storm, Zeta, the virtual CWPPRA Task Force meeting will no longer take place. In lieu of holding a virtual meeting, an electronic vote will occur for all decision items. If you have any questions, please email Alice Kerl at alice.p.kerl@usace.army.mil




Documentation of CWPPRA public meetings (including minutes, attendance records, PowerPoint Presentations, and meeting binders) may be found at:
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Tab Number Agenda Item

  1. Meeting Initiation 9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
    1. Introduction of Task Force or Alternates
    2. Opening remarks of Task Force Members
    3. Request for Agenda Changes/Additional Agenda Items/Adoption of Agenda

  2. Decision: Adoption of Minutes for the May 6, 2020 Task Force Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Ms. Sarah Bradley will present the minutes from the last Task Force meeting. Task Force members may provide suggestions for additional information to be included in the official minutes.

  3. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ms. Jernice Cheavis will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  4. Report: Electronic Vote (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:55 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. USACE will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.

  5. Report: Construction Update (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. The CWPPRA agencies will provide a report on projects that are currently under construction and projects that have recently completed construction.

  6. Report: Outreach Committee Report (Jennifer Guidry, USGS) 10:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Ms. Jennifer Guidry will provide the Outreach Committee report.

  7. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will present the report on CRMS.

  8. Report: Coastwide Nutria Control Program – Annual Report (Jennifer Manuel, LDWF) 11:10 a.m. to 11:25 p.m. Ms. Jennifer Manuel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will present an annual report on the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b).

  9. Report: Status of Unconstructed Projects (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The P&E Subcommittee will report on the status of unconstructed CWPPRA projects. There were three projects that were considered for “critical watch” and two projects recommended for deauthorization.
    1. Critical-watch unconstructed projects:
      • South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation (ME-20)
      • North Catfish Lake Marsh Creation (TE-112)
      • Island Road Marsh Creation and Nourishment (TE-117)
    2. Unconstructed projects recommended by the project team for deauthorization:
      • Ship Shoal: Whiskey West Flank Restoration (TE-47)
      • Caminada Headlands Back Barrier Marsh Creation Increment #2 (BA-193)

  10. Decision: Initial Deauthorization of Ship Shoal: Whiskey West Flank Restoration (TE-47) Project (Brad Crawford, EPA) 10:10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EPA and CPRA, as the Lead Agency and Local Sponsor respectively, request the initiation of formal deauthorization procedures for the previously inactive project Ship Shoal: Whiskey West Flank Restoration (TE-47). The NRDA Caillou Lake Headlands (TE-100) project has been constructed in the project’s footprint.

  11. Decision: Initial Deauthorization of Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 2, (BA-193) Project (Brad Crawford, EPA) 10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. EPA and CPRA, as the Lead Agency and Local Sponsor respectively, request the initiation of formal deauthorization procedures for the CWPPRA Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 2, (BA-193) Project. The benefit areas associated with the BA-193 project were combined with the Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 1, (BA-171) project, and therefore the BA-193 project number is no longer needed.

  12. Decision: Request for Monitoring and O&M Budget Increases for the Sabine Refuge Water Control Structures Replacement (CS-23) Project (Kevin Roy, FWS; Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. FWS and CPRA request a $177,843 Monitoring budget increase and a $1,604,151 O&M budget increase. The Monitoring budget increase is to cover remaining monitoring activities and increased staff time to oversee a proposed structure operations contract. The O&M budget increase is to cover a proposed canal cleanout maintenance event and structure operations contract. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the budget increase request.

  13. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL25 - East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment (BA-194) Project (Patrick Williams, NMFS) 10:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. NMFS and CPRA request approval of a change in scope for the East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment (BA-194) Project. A scope change is required due to a decrease in benefits by more than 25% from the Phase 0 Candidate. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the change in scope request.

  14. Decision: Request for a Transfer of Approved O&M to Approved Monitoring for Coastwide Vegetative Plantings (LA-39) Project (Tommy McGinnis, CPRA) 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval based off the Technical Committee recommendation to transfer $976,475 from Coastwide Vegetative Plantings (LA-39) approved O&M to approved Monitoring to balance past allocations and complete monitoring for the project life. Revised approved O&M would be $9,443,349; revised approved Monitoring would be $2,095,621. Total approved project cost would not be revised.

  15. Decision: Request for a Transfer of Approved O&M to Approved Monitoring for Grand-White Lakes Landbridge Protection (ME-19) Project (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 11:10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. USFWS and CPRA request Task Force approval based off the Technical Committee recommendation to transfer $29,912 from approved O&M to approved State Monitoring to complete final monitoring and reporting. Total approved project cost would not be revised.

  16. Decision: Request for Monitoring and O&M Budget Increases for the Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a) Project (Leigh Anne Sharp; CPRA) 11:20 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request a $1,336,808 Monitoring budget increase and a $3,259,349 O&M budget increase. The Monitoring and O&M budget increase is to cover existing expenditure overages and projected budget for remainder of project life. The monitoring budget increase will provide sufficient funds to assess, operate and report on CCW status and trends. The O&M budget increase includes CPRA O&M contract admin, O&M contract cost, and minor maintenance. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the budget increase request.

  17. Decision: Request for O&M Budget Increase for the Oaks/ Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration (TV-13a) Project (Jody White, CPRA) 11:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request an O&M budget increase in the amount of $510,474 to reconcile existing expenditure overages and replace the Cowpath Canal weir. The revised fully funded amount for the project is $3,435,690. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the budget increase request.

  18. Decision: Annual Request for Incremental Funding for FY23 Administrative Costs for Cash Flow Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 11:50 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will request funding approval in the amount of $76,569 for administrative costs for cash flow projects beyond Increment 1. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation and vote to approve the request for funding.

  19. Decision: Request for Funding for the CWPPRA Program’s Technical Services (Michelle Fischer, USGS) 11:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CPRA are requesting funding for technical services for the CWPPRA program in the amount of $216,546. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation and vote to approve the request for a budget increase and funding for technical services in the amount of $216,546.

  20. Decision: Request for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Incremental Funding (Kent Bollfrass, CPRA) 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. The Task Force will consider and vote to approve requests for total FY23 O&M incremental funding in the amount of $6,151,178 and O&M budget increases in the total amount of $85,000.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY23 O&M incremental funding in the total amount of $3,079,907 for the following projects:
      • Barataria Landbridge Shoreline Protection- Phase 3 (BA-27c)
        Increment Funding Request: $100,000
      • Hydrologic Restoration and vegetative Plantings in the Des Allemands Swamp (BA-34-2)
        Incremental Funding Request: $13,021
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery System (BA-39)
        Incremental Funding Request: $4,467
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation (BA-48)
        Incremental Funding Request: $4,093
      • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration (BA-68)
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,688
      • Black Bayou Culverts Hydrologic Restoration (CS-29)
        Incremental Funding Request: $36,928
      • East Sabine Refuge Hydrologic Restoration (CS-32)
        Incremental Funding Request: $967,981
      • Cameron Creole Grand Bayou Marsh Creation (CS-54)
        Incremental Funding Request: $8,109
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b)
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,650,043
      • Coastwide Vegetative Plantings (LA-39)
        Incremental Funding Request: $8,650
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16)
        Incremental Funding Request: $15,977
      • South White Lake Shoreline Protection (ME-22)
        Incremental Funding Request: $9,180
      • Lake Borgne Shoreline Protection (PO-30)
        Incremental Funding Request: $164,599
      • Goose Point/ Point Platte Marsh Creation (PO-33)
        Incremental Funding Request: $9,172
      • Timbalier Island Dune and Marsh Creation (TE-40)
        Incremental Funding Request: $5,000
      • Whiskey Island Back Barrier Marsh Creation (TE-50)
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,539
      • Four Mile Canal Terracing and Sediment Trapping (TV-18)
        Incremental Funding Request: $52,000
      • East Marsh Island Marsh Creation (TV-21)
        Incremental Funding Request: $15,460
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY23 O&M incremental funding in the total amount of $3,071,271 and budget increases in the total amount of $85,000 for the following projects:
      • Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a)
        Incremental Funding Request: $822,800
      • Replace Sabine Refuge Water Control Structures at Headquarters Canal, West Cove Canal, and Hog Island Gully (CS-23)
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,604,151
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycles 4 & 5 (CS-28-4-5)
        Incremental Funding Request: $48,846
      • Bayou Chevee Shoreline Protection (PO-22)
        Budget Increase Amount: $85,000
        Incremental Funding Request: $85,000
      • Oaks/ Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration, Increment 1 (TV-13a)
        Incremental Funding Request: $510,474

  21. Decision: Request for Monitoring Incremental Funding (Kent Bollfrass, CPRA) 12: p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote to approve requests for FY23 incremental funding in the total amount of $11,910,580 and budget increases in the total amount of $137,047.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY23 incremental funding in the total amount of $1,392,529 and budget increases in the total amount of $137,047 for the following projects:
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b)
        Incremental Funding Request: $116,610
      • Coastwide Vegetative Plantings (LA-39)
        Incremental Funding Request: $920,749
      • Barataria Basin Landbridge Shoreline Protection (BA-27c)
        Incremental Funding Request: $5,515
      • Little Lake Shoreline Protection/ Dredging Near Round Lake (BA-37)
        Incremental Funding Request: $39,196
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery System (BA-39)
        Budget Increase Amount: $137,047
        Incremental Funding Request: $121,631
      • Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation (BA-42)
        Incremental Funding Request: $2,163
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery- Marsh Creation #3 and Terracing (BA-164)
        Incremental Funding Request: $24,172
      • Delta Management at Fort St. Philip (BS-11)
        Incremental Funding Request: $36,928
      • Black Bayou Culverts Hydrologic Restoration (CS-29)
        Incremental Funding Request: $81,141
      • Grand-White Lakes Landbridge Protection (ME-19)
        Incremental Funding Request: $29,912
      • Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation (PO-104)
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,965
      • East Marsh Island Marsh Creation (TV-21)
        Incremental Funding Request: $12,547

    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY23 incremental funding in the total amount of $518,051 for the following projects:
      • Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a)
        Incremental Funding Request: $258,054
      • Replace Sabine Refuge Water Control Structures at Headquarters Canal, West Cove Canal, and Hog Island Gully (CS-23)
        Incremental Funding Request: $177,843
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycle 3 (CS-28-3)
        Incremental Funding Request: $40,500
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycles 4 & 5 (CS-28-4-5)
        Incremental Funding Request: $41,654

    3. Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) requesting approval for FY23 incremental funding in the total amount of $10,000,000
      • Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (LA-30)
        Incremental Funding RRequest: $10,000,000

  22. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  23. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  24. Announcement: Upcoming CWPPRA 30th Anniversary (Jennifer Guidry, USGS) 12:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. The CWPPRA Program will be celebrating 30 years of coastal restoration during the month of November by highlighting the program’s many accomplishments through social media and other virtual means. Stay tuned for additional information distributed via the CWPPRA newsflash.

  25. Announcement: Dates of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The Technical Committee Meeting will be held December 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

  26. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.

    December 3, 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    TBD
    January 28, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    February 2, 2021
    10:00
    Region IV RPT
    TBD
    February 3, 2021
    10:00
    Region III RPT
    TBD
    February 4, 2021
    10:00
    Regions I&II
    TBD
    April 1, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    TBD
    May 6, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    September 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    TBD
    October 7, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    December 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    TBD


  27. Decision: Adjourn

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