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


AGENDA
May 19, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W Vermilion St
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501

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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. Announcement: Retirement of Mr. Brad Crawford, CWPPRA P&E Subcommittee Member, (Troy Hill, EPA) 9:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Honoring the contributions of Mr. Brad Crawford, P.E., to the CWPPRA Program, as he enters retirement from EPA after 21 years focused in CWPPRA.

  3. Decision: Adoption of Minutes for the January 27, 2022 Task Force Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:50 a.m. to 9:55 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.

  4. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 9:55 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. Ms. Jernice Cheavis will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  5. Report: Construction Update (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:05 a.m. to 10:25 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 (Lauren Leonpacher, USGS) 10:25 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Ms. Lauren Leonpacher will present the Public Outreach Committee report.

  7. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will provide a report on CRMS.

  8. Report/Decision: Upcoming 20-Year Life Projects (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:05 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The project sponsors will present a recommended path forward for projects nearing the end of their 20-year lives. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee’s recommended path forward for the following project.
    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.

  9. Decision: Request for a No-Cost Time Extension for Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Management (BS-03a) Project (Quin Kinler, NRCS) 11:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation of 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.

  10. 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) 11:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. FWS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation of 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.

  11. Decision: Request for a No-Cost Time Extension for Oaks/ Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration (TV-13a) Project (Dion Broussard, CPRA) 11:40 am to 11:50 am. CPRA and NRCS request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation of a one-year no-cost extension to complete final maintenance event and complete project close out.

  12. 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) 11:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation 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.

  13. Decision: Initial Inactivation of East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment (BA-194) Project (Patrick Williams, NMFS) 12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. NMFS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation 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.

  14. Decision: FY23 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 33 Process, and Presentation of FY23 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:10 p.m. to 12:25 p.m. The P&E Subcommittee will present their recommended FY23 Planning Program Budget development, including the PPL 33 Process.
    1. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee recommendation 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 Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee recommendation to approve the FY23 Outreach Committee Budget, in the amount of $452,113.
    3. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee recommendation to approve the FY23 Planning Budget (includes Outreach Committee Budget), in the amount of $5,008,132.

  15. Report: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects to Evaluate for PPL 32 (Kristen Ramsey, FWS) 12:25 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. At the April 7, 2022 meeting, the Technical Committee selected ten projects as PPL 32 candidates for Phase 0 analysis as listed below.

    Region
    Basin
    PPL 31 Candidates
    Agency
    2
    Breton Sound
    Yscloskey Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Southeast Golden Meadow Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Breton Sound
    Bayou Terre aux Boeufs Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    2
    Barataria
    Northwest Little Lake Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Bayou Chevreuil Hydrologic Restoration and Vegetative Planting
    EPA
    3
    Terrebonne
    Southwest Golden Meadow Marsh Creation
    FWS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    East Cove South Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    2
    Barataria
    West Dupre Cut Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    1
    Pontchartrain
    Bayou Ducros Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    3
    Terrebonne
    Bayou Jean Lacroix Marsh Creation
    NRCS

  16. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

  17. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:10 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  18. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Technical Committee meeting will be held September 1, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

  19. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 1:15 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
    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

  20. Decision: Adjourn



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