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April 4, 2024, 9:30 a.m.

LA Department of Environmental Quality
Galvez Building – Oliver Pollock Room
602 North Fifth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Virtual Component:
Meeting Number: 2761 432 2324
USA Toll-Free: 844-800-2712

Documentation of Technical Committee meetings (including minutes, attendance records, PowerPoint Presentations, and meeting binders) may be found at:

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: Electronic Votes and Approvals (Amanda Landry, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. USACE will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.
    Mid Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation and Terracing (BS-32) expansion

  3. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Baylissa Walter, USACE) 9:45 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Ms. Baylissa Walter will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  4. Report/Decision: Upcoming 20-Year Life Projects (Amanda Landry, USACE) 9:55 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The Technical Committee will vote on recommendation to the Task Force for the path forward for the following projects requesting approval.

    1. Projects requesting approval for closeout with no cost increase:
      New Cut Dune and Marsh Restoration
      30 Sept 28
      Timbalier Island Dune & Marsh Restoration
      19 Mar 29
      Whiskey Island Back Barrier Marsh Creation
      18 June 30
      Bayou Sauvage Hydrologic Restoration #1
      30 May 24
      Bayou Sauvage #2
      28 May 24
      Pass Chaland to Grand Bayou Pass Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project
      Barataria Basin Landbridge Shoreline Protection, Phase 4
      26 April 26

    2. Projects requesting approval for time extension with no cost increase:
      Grand-White Lake Landbridge Restoration
      1 Oct 24
      Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Management
      19 June 24

  5. Decision: Request to initiate inactivation of the Freshwater Bayou Marsh Creation (ME-31) Project (Angela Trahan, NRCS) 10:15 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. NRCS and CPRA request approval of a recommendation to the Task Force to inactivate the Freshwater Bayou Marsh Creation Project (ME-31). ME-31 has requested Phase 2 funds for the past 4 consecutive years. The request to inactivate is because of the number of unsuccessful Phase 2 Requests and a backlog of more cost-effective projects with limited program funds for construction.

  6. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL29 – North Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing (BS-41) Project (Brandon Howard, NMFS) 10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. NMFS and CPRA request approval of a change in scope for the North Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing (BS-41) Project. A scope change is required due to an increase in total project cost by more than 25%, and the ratio of the total cost to the number of net acres created by more than 25% from the Phase 0 Candidate.

  7. Decision: Request for Operations and Maintenance Budget Increase for Oaks/ Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration (TV-13a) (Dion Broussard, CPRA) 10:35 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. CPRA and NRCS request a $501,995 budget increase to perform the final maintenance event in advance of project close out.

  8. Decision: FY25 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 35 Process, and Presentation of FY25 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Amanda Landry, USACE) 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The P&E Subcommittee will present their recommended FY25 Planning Program Budget development, including the PPL 35 Process.
    1. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve that the PPL 35 Process include selecting four nominees in the Barataria Basin, four nominees in the Terrebonne Basin; three in the Breton Sound Basin, three in the Pontchartrain Basin; two in the Mermentau Basin, two in the Calcasieu/Sabine Basin, two in the Tech/Vermilion Basin; and one in the Atchafalaya Basin.
    2. The Technical Committee will vote on a recommendation to the Task Force to approve the FY25 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 FY25 Planning Budget (includes Outreach Committee Budget), in the amount of $5,000,000.

  9. Report/Decision: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects to Evaluate for PPL 34 (Kristen Ramsey, FWS) 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. The Technical Committee will consider preliminary costs and benefits of the 34th Priority Project List (PPL) projects. The Technical Committee will select 10 projects as PPL 34 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 and/or a coastwide project may or may not be selected to move forward.

    BREAK 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  10. Additional Agenda Items (Amanda Landry, USACE) 12:00 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.

  11. Request for Public Comments (Amanda Landry, USACE) 12:05 p.m. to 12:10 p.m.

  12. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Amanda Landry, USACE) 12:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Task Force meeting will be held May 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

  13. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Amanda Landry, USACE) 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.
    May 2, 2024
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    Baton Rouge
    September 5, 2024
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    New Orleans
    October 3, 2024
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    New Orleans
    December 5, 2024
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    New Orleans
    *Subject to change

  14. Decision: Adjourn


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