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CWPPRA
COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT
TASK FORCE MEETING


AGENDA
January 27, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Virtual-WebEx
https://usace1.webex.com/meet/alice.p.kerl
Meeting Number: 199 743 4008

Due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the CWPPRA Task Force will hold a virtual meeting via WebEx in place of the regularly scheduled in-person meeting on January 27th. The public is invited to participate. Detailed instructions on how to access the meeting may be found at: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Portals/56/docs/environmental/cwppra/Announcements/Joining%20the%20Webex_PublicInstructions.pdf?ver=75u6vjskPNyYEgSInKtFGw%3d%3d

Documentation of Task Force meetings (including minutes, attendance records, PowerPoint Presentations, and meeting binders) may be found at:
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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. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Jernice Cheavis, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Ms. Jernice Cheavis will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

  3. Report: Electronic Votes and Approvals (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 9:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ms. Sarah Bradley will report out on recent electronic votes and approvals.

  4. Report: Construction Update (Sarah Bradley, 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.

  5. Report: Public Outreach Committee Report (Lauren Leonpacher, USGS) 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Ms. Lauren Leonpacher will present the Public Outreach Committee report.

  6. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Leigh Anne Sharp, CPRA) 10:35 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Ms. Leigh Anne Sharp will provide a report on CRMS.

  7. Report: Bio-Engineered Oyster Reef Creation Demonstration (LA-08) Project Final Report (Donna Rogers, NMFS) 10:55 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. NMFS will present the Final Report for the Bio-Engineered Oyster Reef Demonstration (LA-08) Project. A brief PowerPoint presentation will be provided along with information on how to access the Final Report.

  8. Report: Construction Update for Caminada Headlands Back Barrier Marsh Creation (BA-171) Project (Karen McCormick, EPA) 11:05 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. CPRA and EPA will provide a post-storm status/ construction update for the Caminada Headlands Back Barrier Marsh Creation (BA-171) Project.

  9. Decision: Request for an O&M Budget Increase for the Terrebonne Bay Shore Protection Demonstration (TE-45) Project (Kevin Roy, FWS) 11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m As part of project closeout, the FWS and CPRA request an O&M budget increase of $67,016. Final accounting as part of project closeout revealed an over-expenditure of $67,016, primarily due to indirect costs not accounted for in previous project budgets.

  10. Decision: Request for Additional Site Selections for Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39) Project (Quin Kinler, NRCS). 11:25 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. The LA-39 project was set up to select sites annually for 10 years, with O&M and Monitoring to extend such that the project has a typical 20-year life which is due to end in 2033. After 10 years of site selections, 30 sites have been planted in 14 coastal parishes, with 3 additional sites scheduled to be planted in 2022. At this time, there is over $3 million funded / unexpended with which additional sites could be selected, planted, and then monitored for 5 years. NRCS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation to allow use of funded / unexpended funds to select, plant, and monitoring additional sites. No additional funds nor project life extensions are being requested.

  11. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL25 – Fritchie Marsh Creation and Terracing (PO-173) Project (Brandon Howard, NMFS) 11:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. NMFS and CPRA request Task Force approval based on the Technical Committee recommendation of a change in scope for the Fritchie Marsh Creation and Terracing (PO-173) Project. A scope change is required due to a major change in scope (shifted project location), 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.

  12. Report/Decision: Request for Phase II Authorization and Approval of Phase II Increment 1 Funding (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. The Technical Committee reviewed project information and took public comments on requests for Phase II approval on the projects shown in the following table. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve Phase II authorization and Increment 1 funding for the Breton Landbridge MC (West) River aux Chenes to Grand Lake, the Northeast Turtle Bay, and the No Name Bayou Marsh Creation projects totaling $85,824,555 as indicated in the table below. Funding approval is within the construction program’s available funding limits.

    Agency Project No.
    PPL
    Project Name
    Phase II,
    Increment I
    Request
    Fully-
    Funded
    Phase I
    Cost
    Fully-
    Funded
    Phase II
    Cost incl
    O&M
    Total Fully
    Funded Cost
    Est.
    Net
    Benefit
    Acres
    Total Cost
    per Acre
    FWS BS-24
    22
    Terracing and Marsh Creation South of Big Mar
    $22,467,322
    $2,308,599
    $23,907,328
    $26,215,927
    322
    $81,416
    NMFS BS-38
    28
    Breton Landbridge MC (West) River aux Chenes to Grand Lake
    $26,459,920
    $3,837,365
    $27,939,717
    $31,777,082
    379
    $83,845
    FWS BA-217
    28
    Grand Bayou Ridge and Marsh Restoration-Increment 1
    $36,173,264
    $3,463,474
    $37,406,527
    $40,870,001
    297
    $137,609
    NRCS BA-195
    25
    Barataria Bay Rim Marsh Creation and Nourishment
    $26,543,561
    $2,693,708
    $27,600,583
    $30,294,291
    226
    $134,046
    NRCS BA-206
    27
    Northeast Turtle Bay
    $32,341,815
    $3,952,451
    $33,571,605
    $37,524,056
    536
    $70,008
    NRCS TE-112
    22
    North Catfish Lake
    $31,121,999
    $3,216,194
    $32,321,142
    $35,537,336
    489
    $72,673
    NMFS TE-117
    23
    Island Road Marsh Creation and Nourishment Project
    $24,722,496
    $3,721,447
    $26,136,944
    $29,858,391
    206
    $144,944
    NRCS ME-31
    19
    Freshwater Bayou Marsh Creation
    $28,868,058
    $2,425,997
    $30,252,567
    $32,678,564
    283
    $115,472
    NMFS CS-78
    24
    No Name Bayou Marsh Creation
    $27,022,820
    $2,724,524
    $28,491,392
    $31,215,916
    468
    $66,701
    NMFS CS-79
    25
    Oyster Lake Marsh Creation and Nourishment
    $36,025,729
    $3,608,939
    $37,323,973
    $40,932,912
    250
    $163,732

  13. Report/Decision: 31st Priority Project List (Kristen Ramsey, FWS) 12:15 a.m. to 12:30 The Environmental Workgroup Chairman will present an overview of the four candidate projects being recommended by the Technical Committee for PPL 31 Phase I approval. The Task Force will consider approving the Technical Committee’s recommendation for Phase I funding approval in the amount of $13,252,855 for the PPL 31 projects listed below.

    Project Name
    Agency
    Est. Cost
    Grand Bayou Ridge and Marsh Restoration - Increment 2
    FWS
    $3,411,317
    Northeast Turtle Bay Marsh Creation Extension
    NRCS
    $3,591,775
    Port Fourchon Marsh Creation
    EPA
    $3,484,176
    East Cove Marsh Creation
    NRCS
    $2,765,587

  14. Additional Agenda Items (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:30 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.

  15. Request for Public Comments (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.

  16. Announcement: Priority Project List 32 Regional Planning Team Meetings (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
    February 8, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 9, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 10, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 24, 2022
    10:30 a.m.
    Coastwide Electronic Voting
    via email, no meeting

  17. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meeting (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:40 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The Technical Committee meeting will be held April 7, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

  18. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings* (Sarah Bradley, USACE) 12:40 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    February 8, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region IV Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 9, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region III Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    February 10, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Region I & II Planning Team Meeting
    TBD
    April 7, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    May 5, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    September 1, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD
    October 7, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Task Force
    TBD
    December 8, 2022
    9:30 a.m.
    Technical Committee Meeting
    TBD

    *subject to change

  19. Decision: Adjourn



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