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CWPPRA
COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
Technical Committee Meeting


AGENDA
April, 7, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Virtual-WebEx
https://usace1.webex.com/meet/alice.p.kerl
Meeting Number: 199 743 4008

Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the CWPPRA Task Force will hold a virtual meeting via WebEx in place of the regularly scheduled in-person meeting on January 27th. The public is invited to participate. Detailed instructions on how to access the meeting may be found at: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Portals/56/docs/environmental/cwppra/Announcements/Joining%20the%20Webex_PublicInstructions.pdf?ver=75u6vjskPNyYEgSInKtFGw%3d%3d

Documentation of Task Force 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 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/Decision:  Upcoming 20-Year Life Projects (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.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. Project requesting approval for transfer with a cost increase including the following requests for approval below:
      ME-11
      Humble Canal Hydrologic Restoration
      NRCS
      1-Mar-23
      1. approval to transfer $75,000 from Monitoring to Operation and Maintenance,
      2. approval of an additional Operation and Maintenance budget increase and funding allocation of $329,258 for land rights, design, cost estimate, and other preparations needed for a final maintenance event,
      3. approval of a two-year project life extension (thru March 2025) to allow time for completion of the work.

  4. Decision: Request for a No-Cost Time Extension for Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Management (BS-03a) Project (Quin Kinler, NRCS) 10:05 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request Technical Committee recommendation to approve a two year no cost time extension for Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Management in order to continue working out the proposed final actions before closeout. At a later date, NRCS and CPRA will seek approval of project closeout with a cost increase to execute the final maintenance event.

  5. Decision: Request for a No-Cost Time Extension for Bayou Sauvage NWR Hydrologic Restoration-Phase 1 (PO-16) and Bayou Sauvage NWR Hydrologic Restoration-Phase 2 (PO-18) Projects (Kevin Roy, FWS) 10:15 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. FWS and CPRA request a Technical Committee recommendation to approve a two year no-cost time extension for PO-16 and a one year no-cost time extension for PO-18 in order to continue working out the proposed path forward for these two projects.

  6. Decision: Request for a No-Cost Time Extension for Oaks/ Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration (TV-13a) Project (Dion Broussard, CPRA) 10:25 am to 10:35 am. CPRA and NRCS requests a one-year no-cost extension to complete final maintenance event and complete project close out.

  7. Decision: Request for a Transfer of Approved O&M to Approved Monitoring and a Monitoring Budget Increase & Funding Allocation for the Hwy 384 Hydrologic Restoration (CS-21) Project (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:35 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request Technical Committee recommendation for approval to transfer $13,737.42 from approved O&M to approved State Monitoring and a Monitoring budget increase and funding allocation of $11,726.74 to reconcile the budget for project close out.

  8. Decision: Initial Inactivation of East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment (BA-194) Project (Patrick Williams, NMFS) 10:45 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. NMFS and CPRA request approval of a recommendation to the Task Force to initiate inactivation of the East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment Project (BA-194) because of site conditions and increasing backlog of more cost-effective projects with limited program funds for construction.

  9. Decision: FY23 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 33 Process, and Presentation of FY23 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. The P&E Subcommittee will present their recommended FY23 Planning Program Budget development, including the PPL 33 Process.
    1. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve that the PPL 33 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 FY23 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 FY23 Planning Budget (includes Outreach Committee Budget), in the amount of $5,008,132.

  10. Report/Decision: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects to Evaluate for PPL 32 (Kristen Ramsey, FWS) 11:10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. The Technical Committee will consider preliminary costs and benefits of the 32nd Priority Project List (PPL) projects. The Technical Committee will select 10 projects as PPL 32 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.

    Region
    Basin
    PPL 31 Candidates
    Agency
    1
    Pontchartrain
    Bayou Ducros Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    1
    Pontchartrain
    Central Wetlands Hydrological Restoration and Marsh Creation
    EPA
    1
    Pontchartrain
    Duncan Canal Marsh Creation & Critical Shoreline Protection
    NRCS
    2
    Breton Sound
    Yscloskey Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Breton Sound
    Davant Marsh Creation (Increment 1)
    EPA
    2
    Breton Sound
    Bayou Terre aux Boeufs Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    2
    Barataria
    West Dupre Cut Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    2
    Barataria
    Northwest Little Lake Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Southeast Golden Meadow Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Bayou Chevreuil Hydrologic Restoration and Vegetative Planting
    EPA
    3
    Terrebonne
    Bayou Jean Lacroix Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    3
    Terrebonne
    Southwest Golden Meadow Marsh Creation
    FWS
    3
    Terrebonne
    Northwest Lake Decade Marsh Creation
    NMFS
    3
    Terrebonne
    West Louisiana Highway 1 Marsh Creation
    NMFS
    3
    Teche-Vermilion
    Freshwater Bayou East Marsh Restoration
    NRCS
    3
    Teche-Vermilion
    South Avery Island Shoreline Protection & Marsh Restoration
    NRCS
    4
    Mermentau
    Freshwater Bayou Marsh Creation - Increment 2
    NRCS
    4
    Mermentau
    Highway 82 South Marsh Creation
    NMFS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    East Cove South Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    Mud Lake South Marsh Creation
    EPA
    Demonstration
    Reefbud
    USACE

  11. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

  12. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:50 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

  13. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The Task Force meeting will be held May 19, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

  14. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.
    May 19, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    September 1, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    October 6, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    December 8, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD

    *subject to change

  15. Decision: Adjourn



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