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CWPPRA Dedication Ceremony
October 11, 2017 - Lacombe, LA

CWPPRA Invites the Public to Dedication Ceremony Recognizing Seven New Coastal Restoration Projects in Louisiana

The federal legislation has provided funding to restore Louisiana’s vanishing coast for over 26 years

LACOMBE, La. – Oct. 11, 2017 – The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force, comprised of five federal agencies and the State of Louisiana, invites the public to attend a free celebration recognizing seven recent restoration projects located in SE Louisiana. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11th , 2017 from 10 am – 1 pm at the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex in Lacombe, La. and will feature remarks by top agency officials.

As the leading coastal restoration program in Louisiana, CWPPRA has provided the most consistent and reliable stream of funding to help rebuild coastal Louisiana. Signed into law in 1990 and due for reauthorization in 2019, the program has authorized 214 projects benefiting approximately 100,000 acres of land through restoration techniques such as marsh creation, freshwater and sediment diversion, shoreline protection, hydrologic restoration, and barrier island restoration. CWPPRA projects have served as a foundation of restoration science in the state and will guide subsequent efforts funded through programs such as RESTORE and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

“There are two things that make the CWPPRA program great. One is the coordination...the the from-the-ground-up involvement of the people at the parish level, the state level, and elected officials at all levels to [generate] ideas, to get project development done, and have a joint, cooperative program with everybody who has a stake in the outcome,” commented William Honker, Director of the Water Quality Protection Division for Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Honker, the longest serving CWPPRA Task Force member, will be closing the ceremony with his reflections on the program in advance of his retirement later this year.

Under the guidance of the State of Louisiana, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, projects proposed by the public, local municipalities, state agencies, and federal partners are evaluated and approved for construction. CWPPRA-funded projects must be consistent with the Coastal Master Plan, ensuring that restoration projects are part of a larger vision for Louisiana’s coast.

The dedication ceremony will be hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445. Join in the celebration as the community commemorates progress on seven recent CWPPRA projects. Please RSVP by October 4th, 2017 to or by phone at (337) 266-8606. Lunch will be provided to all those who RSVP for the FREE event.

Following the ceremony, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will lead an approximately 1.5 hour field trip to the Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation (PO-104) project site. Field tour space is limited; please inquire when you RSVP.

For media inquiries, contact CWPPRA Public Outreach Coordinator, Mirka Zapletal at (337) 266-8623 or

View of the Bayou Bonfouca breach (looking towards Lake Pontchartrain). During the field tour, spectators will visit the project site where the breach is actively being filled to create new wetlands.


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