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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
May 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Virtual Meeting-WebEx

Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the CWPPRA Task Force will hold a virtual meeting in place of the regularly scheduled public meeting on May 6th via WebEx. The public is invited to participate. Detailed instructions on how to access the meeting are being distributed via Newsflash and can also be found in the link below: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Portals/56/docs/environmental/cwppra/Announcements/6MAY21_TF_Joining_the_Webex.pdf?ver=8Qe6sl1xXmoaWV6kiVlNRQ%3d%3d


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. Announcement: Retirement of Dr. Sasser, CWPPRA Academic Advisory Group (AAG) Chairman (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Honoring Dr. Charles Sasser, the CWPPRA AAG Chairman, as he enters retirement.

  3. Decision: Adoption of Minutes for the January 22, 2021 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: Electronic Votes and Approvals (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:05 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. USACE will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.


  6. Report: Construction Update (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. The CWPPRA agencies will provide a report on projects that are currently under construction and projects that have recently completed construction.


  7. Report: Public Outreach Committee Report (Kacie Wright, USGS) 10:35 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Ms. Kacie Wright will present the Public Outreach Committee report.


  8. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Sarai Piazza, USGS) 10:55 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Ms. Sarai Piazza will provide a report on CRMS.


  9. Report/Decision: 2021 CWPPRA Report to Congress (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. USACE will provide a report on the development of the 2021 Report to Congress. In addition, USACE will be requesting approval of the draft text.


  10. Report: Status of Development of the Support Programmatic Project for Signage (Kent Bollfrass, CPRA) 11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Mr. Kent Bollfrass will provide an update on the development of a support programmatic project for signage.


  11. Report/Decision: Upcoming 20-Year Life Projects (Kaitlyn Carriere, USACE) 11:40 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The project sponsors will present recommended paths forward for projects nearing the end of their 20-year lives. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee’s recommended paths forward for the following projects.

    1. Projects requesting approval for project closeout with no additional cost increase:
      BS-11
      Delta Management at Fort St. Phillip
      FWS
      14-Dec-26
      ME-22
      South White Lake Shoreline Protection
      COE
      29-Aug-26
      TV-13a
      Oaks/Avery Canal Hydrologic Restoration
      NRCS
      11-Oct-22

    2. Project requesting approval for closeout with a cost increase including the following requests for approval below:
      TV-04
      Cote Blanche Hydrologic Restoration
      NRCS
      18-Dec-21

      1. approval to transfer $45,603.88 from Monitoring to Operation and Maintenance,
      2. approval of an additional Operation and Maintenance budget increase and funding allocation of $606,922 for land rights, design, cost estimate, and other preparations needed for a final maintenance event,
      3. contingent upon Engineering Work Group review of the design and cost estimate to be developed using funds approved in item ii. above, approval of an additional Operation and Maintenance budget increase and funding allocation of $4,178,478 to execute the final maintenance event, and
      4. approval of a five-year project life extension (thru December 18, 2026) to allow time for completion of the work.

    3. Projects pursuing project extension through formal evaluation:
      CS-23
      Sabine Refuge Structure Replacement (Hog Island)
      FWS
      10-Sept-23


  12. Decision: Request for a One Year Time Extension and Budget Transfer of Approved Monitoring to Approved O&M for Fritchie Marsh Restoration (PO-06) Project (Barry Richard, CPRA) 12:05 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. CPRA and NRCS request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation of a One Year Extension to include a transfer of $100,000.00 from approved Monitoring to approved O&M to reconcile past expenditures and complete project close out efforts. Total approved project cost would not be revised.


  13. Decision: Request for a Transfer of Approved O&M to Approved Monitoring for Non-Rock Alternatives to Shoreline Protection Demonstration (LA-16) Project (Tommy McGinnis, CPRA) 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation to transfer $5,243.49 from approved O&M to approved State Monitoring to reconcile the budget for project close out. Total approved project cost would not be revised.


  14. FY22 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 32 Process, and Presentation of FY22 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The P&E Subcommittee will present their recommended FY22 Planning Program Budget development, including the PPL 32 Process.

    1. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee recommendation to approve the PPL 32 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 FY22 Outreach Committee Budget, in the amount of $452,113.

    3. The Task Force will vote based on the Technical Committee recommendation to approve the FY22 Planning Budget (includes Outreach Committee Budget), in the amount of $5,008,132.

  15. Report: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects to Evaluate for PPL 31 (Kevin Roy, FWS) 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. At the April 1, 2021 meeting, the Technical Committee selected ten projects as PPL 31 candidates for Phase 0 analysis as listed below.

    Region
    Basin
    PPL Candidates
    Agency
    2
    Barataria
    Southeast Golden Meadow Marsh Creation
    FWS
    2
    Barataria
    Grand Bayou Ridge and Marsh Restoration - Increment 2
    FWS
    2
    Breton Sound
    Spanish Lake - Grand Lake Marsh Creation
    FWS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    East Cove Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    3
    Terrebonne
    Port Fourchon Marsh Creation
    EPA
    3
    Terrebonne
    Jug Lake Marsh Creation and Terracing
    NMFS
    2
    Barataria
    Northeast Turtle Bay Marsh Creation Extension
    NRCS
    4
    Mermentau
    Southeast Pecan Island Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    4
    Calcasieu-Sabine
    Mud Lake South Marsh Creation
    EPA
    3
    Terrebonne
    West Louisiana Highway 1 Marsh Creation
    NMFS


  16. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.


  17. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:45 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.


  18. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:50 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. The Technical Committee meeting will be held September 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.


  19. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:55 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
    September 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    October 7, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    December 2, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    *subject to change

  20. Decision: Adjourn





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