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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
October 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
District Assembly Room (DARM)
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana


Documentation of Technical Committee meetings (including minutes, attendance records, PowerPoint Presentations, and meeting binders) may be found at:
http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/CWPPRA.aspx

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. Decision: Adoption of Minutes for the May 11, 2017 Task Force Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Mr. Brad Inman 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.

  3. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 9:45 a.m. to 9:55 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 (Brad Inman, USACE) 9:55 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mr. Brad Inman will report out on recent requests approved via electronic vote.

  5. Report: Construction Update (Brad Inman, USACE) 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 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: Status of Unconstructed Projects (Brad Inman, USACE) 10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. The P&E Subcommittee will report on the status of unconstructed CWPPRA projects. There were no projects that were considered for “critical watch.”

  7. Report: Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana (1932-2016) (Brady Couvillion, USGS) 10:25 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mr. Brady Couvillion with USGS will present the data, net land changes, and land change trends in coastal Louisiana from 1932 to 2016.

  8. Report: Roseau Scale and Roseau Cane Die-Off (Dr. Ian Knight, LSU Extension Service) 10:45 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Dr. Ian Knight will present research and findings on the impacts and distribution of the Roseau cane scale in coastal Louisiana.

  9. Report: Outreach Committee Report (Mirka Zapletal, USGS) 11:05 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. Ms. Mirka Zapletal will provide the Outreach Committee report.

  10. Report: Coastwide Nutria Control Program – Annual Report (Catherine Normand, LDWF) 11:25 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Ms. Catherine Normand with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will present an annual report on the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b).

  11. Decision: Request for a No Cost Increase Time Extension for the Point au Fer Canal Plugs Project (TE-22) (Richard Hartman, NOAA) 11:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. NOAA Fisheries and CPRA request a one year no cost increase time extension for the Point au Fer Canal Plugs (TE-22) project. The project was constructed in 1997 with a 20 year life expiration this year. At the request of the landowner, signage is being replaced on most of the structures prior to closing out the project while the structures are to be left in place.

  12. Report/Decision: Request for early closeout and budget increase to reconcile O&M costs for the Highway 384 Hydrologic Restoration Project (CS-21) (Darrell Pontiff, CPRA) 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. CPRA and NRCS request early closeout of the CS-21. The project sponsors request $226,851.34 to reconcile current budget shortfall and cover close out costs. The project will be closed out by February 2018.

  13. Decision: Request for Initial Transfer of the Shell Beach South Marsh Creation Project (PO-168) (Karen McCormick, EPA) 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority request the initiation of formal transfer procedures for the Shell Beach South Marsh Creation Project (PO-168). It is recommended that the project be transferred because restoration of the project is being implemented within the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LATIG) Final Restoration Plan #1 as part of the Deep Water Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment settlement.

  14. Decision: Annual Request for Incremental Funding for FY20 Administrative Costs for Cash Flow Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will request funding approval in the amount of $34,083 for administrative costs for cash flow projects beyond Increment 1. The Task Force will consider and vote on the Technical Committee’s recommendation on the request for funds.

  15. Decision: Request for Funding for the CWPPRA Program’s Technical Services (Michelle Fischer, USGS) 12:20 p.m. to 12:25 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CPRA are requesting funding for technical services for the CWPPRA program in the amount of $171,410. The Technical Committee will consider and vote to make a recommendation to the Task Force to approve the request for budget increase and funding for technical services in the amount of $171,410.

  16. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 12:25 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will present the report on CRMS.

  17. Decision: Request for a Project Extension and Budget Increase for the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) for FY 2020 to FY 2039 (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote on the Technical Committee's recommendation to fund the CRMS program through FY39, but limit CWPPRA's contribution to $10M per year following the CRMS 5 contract. The Task Force is asked to approve the CRMS FY20 through FY39 budget in the amount of $202,300,476.16, which reflects this recommendation.

  18. Decision: Request for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Incremental Funding (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 1:05 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote on the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve requests for total FY20 incremental funding in the amount of $3,013,954.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY20 incremental funding in the total amount of $2,818,707 for the following projects:
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16), PPL-9, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $15,056
      • Black Bayou Culverts Hydrologic Restoration (CS-29), PPL-9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $34,899
      • GIWW - Perry Ridge West Bank Stabilization (CS-30) PPL-9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $13,733
      • Four Mile Canal Terracing and Sediment Trapping (TV-18), PPL-9, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $6,710
      • Barataria Barrier Island Complex (BA-38) , PPL-11, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $12,184
      • Little Lake Shoreline Protection (BA-37), PPL-11, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $8,878
      • Pass Chaland to Grand Bayou Pass Barrier Island Restoration, (BA-35), PPL-11,
        Incremental funding amount: $6,767
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b), PPL-11, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount (FY16): $1,443,703
      • South White Lake Shoreline Protection (ME-22), PPL-12, USACE
        Incremental funding amount: $8,651
      • East Marsh Island Marsh Creation (TV-21), PPL-14, EPA
        Incremental funding amount: $14,568
      • West Bell Pass Barrier Headland Restoration, (TE-52), PPL-16, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $7,085
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation, (BA-48), PPL-17, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $7,067
      • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration, (BA-68), PPL-18, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $7,004
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL-20, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $1,232,402
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY20 incremental funding in the total amount of $195,247:
      • Freshwater Bayou Wetland Protection (ME-04), PPL-2, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $11,645
      • Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a), PPL-3,
        Incremental funding amount: $102,166
      • Replace Sabine Refuge Water Control Structures at Headquarters Canal, West Cove Canal, and Hog Island Gully (CS-23), PPL-3, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $ 49,849
      • Freshwater Bayou Bank Stabilization (ME-13), PPL-5, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $11,645
      • Black Bayou Hydrologic Restoration (CS-27), PPL-6, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $19,942

  19. Decision: Request for Monitoring Incremental Funding (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 1:15 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote on the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve FY20 incremental funding in the amount of $12,591,710.62.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY20 incremental funding in the total amount of $625,849 for the following projects:
      • Barataria Basin Landbridge Shoreline Protection (BA27c), PPL-9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $5,003
      • GIWW – Perry Ridge West Bank Stabilization (CS-30), PPL-9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $5,169
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16), PPL-9, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $11,000
      • Four Mile Canal Terracing and Sediment Trapping (TV-18), PPL-9, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $50,000
      • Timbalier Island Marsh/Dune Restoration (TE-40), PPL-10, EPA
        Incremental funding amount: $49,934
      • North Lake Mechant Landbridge Restoration (TE-44), PPL-10, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $81,818
      • Delta Management at Fort St. Phillip (BS-11), PPL-10, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $39,808
      • East Sabine Lake Hydrologic Restoration (CS-32), PPL-11, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $61,636
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b), PPL-11, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount (FY16): $92,233
      • Dedicated Dredging on the Barataria Basin Landbridge (BA-36), PPL-11, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $50,384
      • Goose Point/Pointe Platte Marsh Creation (PO-33), PPL-13, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $45,071
      • West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration (TE-52), PPL-16, NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $37,134
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL-20, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $96,659
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY20 incremental funding in the total amount of $6,017:
      • Naomi Outfall Project (BA-03c), PPL-5, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $6,017
    3. Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) requesting approval for FY20 incremental funding in the total amount of $11,953,827.62:
      • Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) (LA-30) USGS
        Incremental funding amount: $11,953,827.62

  20. Additional Agenda Items (Brad Inman, USACE) 1:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  21. Request for Public Comments (Brad Inman, USACE) 1:30 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

  22. Announcement: Dates of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 1:35 to 1:40 p.m. The Technical Committee Meeting will be held December 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Department of Natural Resources, LaSalle Building, 617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (LaBelle Room).

  23. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings (Brad Inman,USACE) 1:40 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

  24. December 7, 2017
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    Baton Rouge
    January 25, 2018
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    January 30, 2018
    1:00 p.m.
    Region IV RPT
    Grand Chenier
    January 31, 2018
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III RPT
    Morgan City
    February 1, 2018
    10:00 a.m.
    Region I&II RPT
    Lacombe
    *Dates and locations are subject to change. Please check back with lacoast.gov for the latest calendar.

  25. Decision: Adjourn

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