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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING


AGENDA
December 3, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Virtual-WebEx

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 December 3rd via WebEx. The public is invited to participate. Detailed instructions on how to access the meeting are being distributed via Newsflash (Monday) and can also be found in the link below:
https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Portals/56/docs/environmental/cwppra/Announcements/Dec%20TC%20Joining%20the%20Webex.pdf?ver=NHna7HlWQnCUgUtO2Anbwg%3d%3d

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 9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.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) 9:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.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 (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ms. Sarah Bradley will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.

  4. Report/Decision: 2021 CWPPRA Report to Congress (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. USACE will provide a report on the path forward for development of the 2021 Report to Congress. In addition, USACE will request approval to revise the Planning Budget for each agency, as needed and within the total approved budget for the Report to Congress line item.

  5. Decision: Final Deauthorization of Ship Shoal: Whiskey West Flank Restoration (TE-47) Project (Brad Crawford, EPA) 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. EPA and CPRA, as the Lead Agency and Local Sponsor respectively, request the finalization 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. This will be contingent upon the 30 day public comment period.

  6. Decision: Final Deauthorization of Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 2, Project (BA-193) (Brad Crawford, EPA) 10:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EPA and CPRA, as the Lead Agency and Local Sponsor respectively, request the finalization of formal deauthorization procedures for the CWPPRA Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 2, (BA-193) Project. Because the benefit areas associated with the BA-193 project were combined with the Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 1, (BA-171) project, the BA-193 project number is no longer needed. This will be contingent upon the 30 day public comment period.

  7. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL 25 – Oyster Lake Marsh Creation and Nourishment (CS-79) Project (Dawn Davis, NMFS) 10:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. NMFS and CPRA request approval of a change in scope for the CS-79 project. A scope change is required due to a decrease in benefits by more than 25% from the Phase 0 Candidate.

  8. Report/Decision: 30th Priority Project List (Kevin Roy, FWS) 10:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The Environmental Workgroup Chairman will present an overview of the ten PPL 30 candidate projects. The Technical Committee will vote to make a recommendation to the Task Force for selecting PPL 30 projects for Phase I Engineering and Design.

    Region
    Basin
    PPL 30 Candidates
    Agency
    2
    Breton Sound
    Reggio Marsh Creation and Hydrologic Restoration
    EPA
    2
    Breton Sound
    Spanish Lake-Grand Lake Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Breton Sound
    Phoenix Marsh Creation - West Increment
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Grand Bayou Ridge and Marsh Restoration - Phase 2
    FWS
    3
    Terrebonne
    Bay Raccourci Marsh Creation Increment II
    FWS
    3
    Teche-Vermilion
    West Branch Marsh Creation on Marsh Island, LA
    NMFS
    3
    Teche-Vermilion
    North Marsh Restoration (North Increment)
    NMFS
    4
    Mermentau
    Southeast Pecan Island Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    4
    Mermentau
    Flat Lake Gulf Shoreline Protection
    NMFS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    East Prong Marsh Creation and Terracing
    FWS

  9. Report/Decision: Request for Phase II Authorization and Approval of Phase II Increment 1 Funding (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The Technical Committee will consider requests for Phase II authorization and approval of Increment 1 funding for cash flow projects for recommendation to the Task Force. Due to limited funding, the Technical Committee will recommend a list of projects for Task Force approval within available program construction funding limits. Each project listed in the following table will be discussed individually by its sponsoring agency. Following presentations and discussion on individual projects, the Technical Committee will rank all projects to aid in deciding which to recommend to the Task Force for Phase II authorization and funding.

    Agency
    Project No.
    PPL
    Project Name
    Phase II
    Increment 1
    Request
    Fully-
    Funded
    Phase I
    Cost
    Fully-Funded
    Phase II Cost
    incl O&M
    Total Fully
    Funded Cost
    Est.
    Net
    Benefit
    Acres
    Total Cost
    Per Acre
    NRCS
    PO-133
    21
    Labranche Central Marsh Creation
    $27,087,711
    $3,885,298
    $28,120,843
    $32,006,141
    668
    $47,913
    NRCS
    PO-178
    26
    Bayou La Loutre Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation
    $21,354,359
    $3,236,953
    $23,307,269
    $26,544,222
    203
    $130,760
    FWS
    BS-32
    27
    Mid Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation and Terracing
    $32,394,218
    $3,715,462
    $33,643,497
    $37,358,959
    411
    $90,898
    NRCS
    BA-195
    25
    Barataria Bay Rim Marsh Creation and Nourishment
    $25,707,824
    $2,693,708
    $26,810,030
    $29,503,738
    226
    $130,548
    NMFS
    BA-194
    25
    East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishement
    $33,500,717
    $4,026,090
    $36,193,712
    $40,219,802
    205
    $196,194
    NRCS
    ME-31
    19
    Freshwater Bayou Marsh Creation
    $27,037,408
    $2,425,997
    $28,355,171
    $30,781,168
    283
    $108,767
    NFMS
    CS-78
    24
    No Name Bayou Marsh Creation and Nourishment
    $26,442,734
    $2,724,524
    $27,868,443
    $30,592,967
    468
    $65,370
    NFMS
    CS-79
    25
    Oyster Lake Marsh Creation and Nourishment
    $33,678,210
    $3,608,939
    $34,908,793
    $38,517,732
    250
    $154,071

  10. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.

  11. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.

  12. Announcement: Priority Project List 31 Regional Planning Team Meetings (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:05 p.m. to 12:10 p.m.

    February 2, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 3, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 4, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 23, 2021
    10:30 a.m.
    Coastwide Electronic Voting
    (via email, no meeting)

  13. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:10 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. The Task Force meeting will be held January 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  14. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    January 22, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    February 2, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 3, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 4, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    April 1, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    May 6, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    September 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    October 7, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    December 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    *subject to change

  15. Decision: Adjourn





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