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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
January 22, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Location:
Virtual-WebEx

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Tab Number Agenda Item

  1. Meeting Initiation 10:30 a.m. to 10:35 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. Announcement: Tribute to Jennifer Ritter Guidry, Late CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator (Scott Wilson, USGS) 10:35 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Mr. Scott Wilson will lead the CWPPRA community in honoring Ms. Jennifer Ritter Guidry, who passed away on November 10, 2020.

  3. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Ms. Jernice Cheavis will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  4. Report: Electronic Votes and Approvals (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Ms. Sarah Bradley will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.

  5. Report: Construction Update (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:00 a.m. to 11:15 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: Public Outreach Committee Report (Kacie Wright, USGS) 11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Ms. Kacie Wright will present the Public Outreach Committee report.

  7. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 11:35 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will provide a report on CRMS.


  8. Report/Decision: 2021 CWPPRA Report to Congress (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 11:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.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.

  9. Decision: Final Deauthorization of Ship Shoal: Whiskey West Flank Restoration (TE-47) Project (Brad Crawford, EPA) 12:05 p.m. to 12:15 p.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. The public comment period ended on January 12, 2021. No comments were received. The Task Force will vote on the Technical Committee recommendation for approval to finalize deauthorization of TE-47.

  10. Decision: Final Deauthorization of Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation, Increment 2, (BA-193) Project (Brad Crawford, EPA) 12:15 p.m. to 12:25 p.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. The public comment period ended on January 12, 2021. No comments were received. The Task Force will vote on the Technical Committee recommendation for approval to finalize deauthorization of TE-47.

  11. Decision: Request for No Cost Time Extension for Cote Blanche Hydrologic Restoration (TV-04) Project (Britt Paul, NRCS) 12:25 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. NRCS and CPRA, as the Lead Agency and Local Sponsor respectively, request a 1 year No Cost Time Extension for Cote Blanche Hydrologic Restoration (TV-04) to allow the sponsors to develop a proposal for project closeout to be presented in the Spring 2021 Technical Committee and Task Force meetings.

  12. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL 25 – Oyster Lake Marsh Creation and Nourishment (CS-79) Project (Dawn Davis, NMFS) 12:35 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. NMFS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation 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.

  13. Report/Decision: Request for Phase II Authorization and Approval of Phase II Increment 1 Funding (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Technical Committee reviewed project information and took public comments on requests for Phase II approval on the projects shown in the following table. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve Phase II authorization and Increment 1 funding for the Labranche Central Marsh Creation and the Mid Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation and Terracing projects totaling $52,381,262 as indicated in the table below. Funding approval is within the construction program’s available funding limits.

    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
    $20,296,355
    $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
    408
    $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

  14. Decision: Request to Combine Phase II of Labranche Central Marsh Creation (PO-133) to Phase II of Labranche East Marsh Creation (PO-75) Project (Britt Paul, NRCS) 1:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval to combine Phase II of Labranche Central Marsh Creation (PO-133), and the associated incremental and long-term PO-133 funding, with the existing Labranche East Marsh Creation (PO-75) Project. Thereafter, Phase II of the combined project is to be implemented as a single project -- Labranche East Marsh Creation (PO-75). The combined Phase II total would be $52,769,707 and the combined Phase II Increment 1 would be $51,736,576. Upon completion of PO-133 Phase I activities, PO-133 Phase I costs shall be reconciled and PO-133 shall be closed out/ deauthorized. Approval of this action would result in a budget increase of $20,383,769 to PO-75's current approved budget and a transfer of $20,296,364 from PO-133's Phase II Increment I funding allocation to PO-75.

  15. Report/Decision: 30th Priority Project List (Kevin Roy, FWS) 1:10 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. The Environmental Workgroup Chairman will present an overview of the two candidate projects being recommended by the Technical Committee for PPL 30 Phase I approval. The Task Force will consider approving the Technical Committee’s recommendation for Phase I funding approval in the amount of $3,330,996 for the PPL 30 projects listed below.

    Reggio Marsh Creation and Hydrologic Restoration
    EPA
    $3,648,496
    Bay Raccourci Marsh Creation Increment II
    FWS
    $2,962,500


  16. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

  17. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

  18. Announcement: Priority Project List 31 Regional Planning Team Meetings (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:20 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
    February 2, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    February 3, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    February 4, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    February 23, 2021
    10:30 a.m.
    Coastwide Electronic Voting
    (via email, no meeting)

  19. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:25 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. The Technical Committee meeting will be held April 1, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

  20. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    February 2, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    February 3, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    February 4, 2021
    10:00 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    Virtual
    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

  21. Decision: Adjourn





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