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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
October 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

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

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 9, 2019 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 10:00 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: Construction Update (Brad Inman, USACE) 10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. The CWPPRA agencies will provide a report on projects that are currently under construction and projects that have recently completed construction.

  5. Report: Status of Unconstructed Projects (Sarah Bradley, 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 four projects that were considered for “critical watch” and one project recommended for transfer.
    1. Critical-watch unconstructed projects:
      • North Catfish Lake Marsh Creation (TE-112)
      • Island Road Marsh Creation and Nourishment (TE-117)
      • South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation (ME-20)
      • South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation – Baker Tract (ME- 32)
    2. Unconstructed project recommended by the project team for transfer:
      • Bayou Grande Cheniere Marsh and Ridge Restoration (BA-173)

  6. Decision: CPRA And FWS Request Transfer of the Bayou Grand Cheniere Ridge and Marsh Creation Project (BA-173) to the State (Bren Haase, Brian Lezina, CPRA) 10:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CPRA and the FWS request to initiate transfer of the BA-173 Bayou Grand Cheniere Ridge and Marsh Creation Project to the State to be implemented through an alternate funding source. This project has requested Phase 2 funding for multiple years without success.

  7. Report: CWPPRA Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Update/Revisions (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Kaitlyn Carriere will present the changes and revisions to the Coastwide Project Guidelines approved by the Technical Committee on September 12. No action is required by the Task Force.

  8. Report: Outreach Committee Report (Jennifer Guidry, USGS) 10:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Ms. Jennifer Guidry will provide the Outreach Committee report.

  9. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will present the report on CRMS.

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

  11. Decision: Coastwide Nutria Control Program (CNCP/LA-03b) Project Life Extension (Quin Kinler, USACE) 11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. A formal assessment of costs and benefits for potential project life extension has been completed and the results will be presented. NRCS and CPRA propose a project life extension for the CNCP. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation and vote to approve the project life extension request.

  12. Decision: Request of a Transfer of O&M to Monitoring for New Cut Dune and Marsh Restoration (TE-37) (TBD, CPRA) 11:40 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. EPA and CPRA request Task Force approval, based on the Technical Committee recommendation, to transfer $20,000 from the New Cut Dune and Marsh Restoration (TE-37) O&M budget to the Monitoring budget to continue project monitoring requirements for final close out.

  13. Decision: Request for Transfer from Operations and Maintenance Funds to Monitoring Funds for the Point Au Fer Island Hydrologic Restoration (TE-22) Project, the Lake Chapeau Hydrologic Restoration and Marsh Creation (TE-26) Project, and the Little Vermilion Bay Sediment Trapping (TV-12) (TBD, CPRA) 11:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. At the request of NMFS and CPRA, the Task Force will consider the recommendation from the Technical Committee and vote to approve a transfer from the Operations and Maintenance funding allocation to the Monitoring funding allocation for three projects in the process of final closeout. This is an administrative request as all project specific Operations and Maintenance and Monitoring activities have been completed. The projects are being presented as separate items to allow voting on each project:
    1. Point Au Fer Island Hydrologic Restoration (TE-22) Project is requesting a transfer in available Operations and Maintenance funds to increase Monitoring funds by $20,000. This would raise the approved monitoring budget for this PPL 3 project to $132,833.
    2. Lake Chapeau Hydrologic Restoration and Marsh Creation (TE-26) Project is requesting a transfer in available Operations and Maintenance funds to increase Monitoring funds by $160,500. This would raise the approved monitoring budget for this PPL 5 project to $908,612.
    3. Little Vermilion Bay Sediment Trapping (TV-12) Project is requesting a transfer in available Operations and Maintenance funds to increase Monitoring funds by $2,000. This would raise the approved monitoring budget for this PPL 5 project to $145,476.

  14. Decision: Annual Request for Incremental Funding for FY22 Administrative Costs for Cash Flow Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 11:50 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will request funding approval in the amount of $38,540 for administrative costs for cash flow projects beyond Increment 1. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation and vote to approve the request for funding.

  15. Decision: Request for Funding for the CWPPRA Program’s Technical Services (Michelle Fischer, USGS) 11:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CPRA are requesting funding for technical services for the CWPPRA program in the amount of $214,546. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation and vote to approve the request for a budget increase and funding for technical services in the amount of $214,546.

  16. Decision: Request for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Incremental Funding (Kent Bollfrass, CPRA) 12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote to approve requests for total FY22 O&M incremental funding in the amount of $1,660,162.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY22 O&M incremental funding in the amount of $1,434,945 for the following projects:
      • New Cut Dune and Marsh Restoration (TE-37), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,426
      • Black Bayou Culvert Hydrologic Restoration (CS-29), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding Request: $36,239
      • GIWW-Perry Island Ridge West Bank Stabilization (CS-30), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,446
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding Request: $15,664
      • Little Lake Shoreline Protection (BA-37), PPL 11-
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,938
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b), PPL 11-
        Incremental Funding Request: $1,275,981
      • Barataria Barrier Island Complex (BA-38), PPL 11-
        Incremental Funding Request: $5,197
      • South White Lake Shoreline Protection (ME-22), PPL 12-
        Incremental Funding Request: $9,000
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery System (BA-39), PPL 12-
        Incremental Funding Request: $14,410
      • Whiskey Island Back Barrier Marsh Creation (TE-50), PPL 13-
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,464
      • East Marsh Island Marsh Creation (TV-21), PPL 14-
        Incremental Funding Request: $21,920
      • Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation (BA-42), PPL 15-
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,743
      • West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration (TE-52), PPL 16-
        Incremental Funding Request: $6,139
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation (BA-48), PPL 17-
        Incremental Funding Request: $10,687
      • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration (BA-68), PPL 18-
        Incremental Funding Request: $7,025
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL 20-
        Incremental Funding Request: $6,666
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY22 O&M incremental funding in the total amount of $225,217 for the following projects:
      • Freshwater Bayou Wetland Protection (ME-04), PPL 2- Incremental Funding amount: $13,501
      • Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a), PPL 3- Incremental Funding amount: $106,293
      • Replace Sabine Refuge Water Control Structures (CS-23), PPL 3- Incremental Funding amount: $52,885
      • Freshwater Bayou Bank Stabilization (ME-13), PPL 5- Incremental Funding amount: $12,357
      • Black Bayou Hydrologic Restoration (CS-27), PPL 6- Incremental Funding amount: $20,181
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycles 4 and 5 (CS-28-4-5), PPL 8- Incremental Funding amount: $20,000

  17. Decision: Request for Monitoring Incremental Funding (Kent Bollfrass, CPRA) 12:10 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. The Task Force will consider and vote to approve FY22 incremental funding in the amount of $10,950,645.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY22 incremental funding in the amount of $707,362 for the following projects:
      • New Cut Dune and Marsh Restoration (TE-37), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding Request: $20,000
      • Black Bayou Culverts Hydrologic Restoration (CS-29), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding amount: $78,142
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding amount: $66,210
      • Barataria Basin Landbridge Shoreline Protection, 3 (BA-27c), PPL 9-
        Incremental Funding amount: $5,339
      • East Sabine Lake Hydrologic Restoration (CS-32), PPL 10-
        Incremental Funding amount: $53,168
      • Grand-White Lakes Landbridge Protection (ME-19), PPL 10-
        Incremental Funding amount: $46,254
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b), PPL 11-
        Incremental Funding amount: $119,103
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery System (BA-39), PPL 12-
        Incremental Funding amount: $13,745
      • Whiskey Island Back Barrier Marsh Creation (TE-50), PPL 13-
        Incremental Funding amount: $30,000
      • Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation (BA-42), PPL 15-
        Incremental Funding amount: $32,245
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation (BA-48), PPL 17-
        Incremental Funding amount: $34,020
      • South Lake Lery Shoreline and Marsh Restoration (BS-16), PPL 17-
        Incremental Funding amount: $40,081
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL 20-
        Incremental Funding amount: $53,922
      • Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation (PO-104), PPL 20-
        Incremental Funding amount: $95,343
      • Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery, 3 (BA-164), PPL 22-
        Incremental Funding amount: $19,790
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY22 incremental funding in the amount of $243,283 for the following projects:
      • Freshwater Bayou Wetland Protection (ME-04), PPL 2-
        Incremental Funding amount: $4,577
      • Point Au Fer Canal Plugs (TE-22), PPL 2-
        Incremental Funding amount: $20,000
      • Lake Chapeau Sediment Input & Hydrologic Restoration (TE-26), PPL 3-
        Incremental Funding amount: $160,500
      • Cameron Creole Maintenance (CS-04a), PPL 3-
        Incremental Funding amount: $39,592
      • Naomi Outfall Management (BA-03c), PPL 5-
        Incremental Funding amount: $18,614
    3. Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) requesting approval for FY22 incremental funding in the total amount of $10,000,000

  18. Additional Agenda Items (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:20 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.

  19. Request for Public Comments (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:20 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

  20. Announcement: Dates of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Technical Committee Meeting will be held December 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana (DARM).

  21. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    December 5, 2019
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee
    New Orleans
    January 2020
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD

    *Dates are subject to change. Please check back with lacoast.gov for the latest calendar.

  22. Decision: Adjourn



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