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CWPPRA Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, And Restoration Act Task Force Meeting

CWPPRA

COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

TASK FORCE MEETING AGENDA

June 5, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

Location:

Estuarine Fisheries and Habitat Center

Conference Room 119

646 Cajundome Blvd.

Lafayette, Louisiana

Documentation of Task Force meetings may be found at:

http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pd/cwppra_mission.htm

1. Meeting Initiation 9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

a. Introduction of Task Force or Alternates

b. Opening remarks of Task Force Members

c. Request for Agenda Changes/Additional Agenda Items/Adoption of Agenda

2. Decision: Adoption of Minutes from the January 19, 2012 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 Breaux Act Program Funds and Projects (Gay Browning, USACE) 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ms. Gay Browning will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.

4. Report: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Update (John Hankinson, EPA) 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force was created by President Barack Obama through an Executive Order and is the result of a recommendation made in Secretary Ray Mabus’ report on long term recovery following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Mr. John Hankinson, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, will report on their work and how it relates to the CWPPRA program.

5. Report/Discussion: 2012 State Master Plan Update (TBD, CRPA) 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CRPA) will report on the 2012 State Master Plan’s status. The Task Force may discuss the Plan’s potential implications for the CWPPRA program.

6. Report: Selection of Ten Candidate Projects and Four Demonstration Projects to Evaluate for PPL 22 (Brad Inman, USACE) 10:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At the April 19, 2012 Technical Committee meeting, the Technical Committee selected 10 projects and 4 demonstration projects as PPL 22 candidates for Phase 0 analysis as listed below:

Region

Basin

PPL 22 Nominees

2

Breton Sound

Lake Lery Marsh Creation & Terracing

2

Breton Sound

Terracing & Marsh Creation South of Big Mar

2

Barataria

Elmer’s Island Restoration

2

Barataria

NE Turtle Bay Marsh Creation & Critical Area Shoreline Protection

2

Barataria

Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery – Marsh Creation 3

3

Terrebonne

North Catfish Lake Marsh Creation

3

Terrebonne

Grand Bayou Freshwater Enhancement/Introduction & Terraces

3

Teche-Vermilion

South Little Vermilion Bay Terracing & Planting

4

Calcasieu-Sabine

Cameron Meadows Marsh Creation & Wetland Restoration

4

Mermentau

Front Ridge Freshwater Introduction & Terracing

PPL 22 Demonstration Project Nominees

DEMO

Hay Bale Demo

DEMO

Reconnection of Hydrologically Isolated Wetlands

DEMO

CREPS: Coastal Restoration & Energy Production System

DEMO

Bioengineering of Shorelines & Canal Banks using Live Stakes

7. Report: Public Outreach Committee Report (Susan Bergeron, USGS) 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Ms. Susan Bergeron will present the quarterly Public Outreach Committee report.

8. Report: Draft 2012 Report to Congress (Karen McCormick, EPA) 10:45 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. Ms. Karen McCormick will present the draft 2012 Report to Congress. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) have been leading the 2012 Report to Congress efforts.

9. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Dona Weifenbach, CPRA) 10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Ms. Dona Weifenbach will present the quarterly CRMS report.

10. Decision: Request to Transfer the Lead Federal Sponsor of the Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycles 4 and 5 (CS-28-4&5) Project from the USACE to the USFWS (Brad Iman, USACE) 11:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. At the January 19, 2011 meeting, the Task Force approved construction funding for the Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation Cycles 4 and 5 (CS-28-4&5) project, at a cost of $8,111,705, with the stipulation that a cost share agreement (CSA) be executed by the lead Federal sponsor and the State by June 2011. The Task Force extended the time limit for CSA execution to January 2012, then to January 2013 at its January 19, 2012 meeting. The USACE, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the CPRA are project co-sponsors, with the USACE as the current lead Federal agency. The USACE recognizes that this important project can only move forward if it relinquishes the lead to USFWS and provides all engineering and construction support to USFWS. Together, the USACE and the USFWS requested approval to transfer the lead Federal sponsor from the USACE to the USFWS. The Technical Committee voted via email on May 1, 2012 to approve the request (the USACE as chair did not vote and the CPRA abstained from voting). The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the request for transferring the lead Federal sponsor from the USACE to the USFWS.

11. Decision: FY13 Planning Budget Approval, including the PPL 23 Process, and Presentation of FY13 Outreach Budget (Process, Size, Funding, etc.) (Brad Inman, USACE) 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

a. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve that the PPL 23 Planning Process Standard Operating Procedures include selecting three nominees in the Barataria, Terrebonne, and Pontchartrain Basins; two nominees in the Breton Sound, Teche/Vermilion, Mermentau, Calcasieu/Sabine, and Mississippi River Delta Basins; and one nominee will be selected in the Atchafalaya Basin. If only one project is presented at the Regional Planning Team meeting for the Mississippi River Delta Basin, then an additional nominee would be selected for the Breton Sound Basin.

b. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the elimination of the Coastwide Voting Meeting and the Abbeville November PPL Public Meeting. The Coastwide voting will be completed electronically via e-mail or fax.

c. The CWPPRA Outreach Committee will request Task Force approval for a placeholder for the FY13 Outreach Committee Budget in the amount of $452,400.

d. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the FY13 Planning Budget, which includes a placeholder for the Outreach Committee Budget, in the amount of $5,070,838.

12. Report/Discussion: Decision Structure for Projects Reaching 20-Year Life Span (Brad Inman, USACE) 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. At the October 13, 2011 meeting, the Task Force directed the Technical Committee to develop a decision structure (a course of action for the CWPPRA Standard Operating Procedure) to be used as a tool for making logical decisions for projects reaching their 20-year life span. The Planning & Evaluation (P&E) Subcommittee will report on their ongoing efforts with the decision structure.

13. Decision: Standard Operating Procedure for Project Transfers Between Federal Agencies (Brad Inman, USACE) 11:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. At the June 8, 2011 meeting, the Task Force directed the Technical Committee to develop a standard operating procedure to address the situation where a project is transferred from one Federal Sponsor to another. Draft language has been presented to the committees. Mr. Brad Inman will present a final draft that incorporates the P&E Subcommittee and Technical Committee’s comments. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the final draft.

14. Report: Status of the PPL 1 – West Bay Sediment Diversion Project (MR-03) (Josh Carson, USACE) 11:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Mr. Josh Carson will provide a status update on the West Bay Work and Closure Plan.

15. Decision: Request for a Change in Scope for the PPL 16 — Madison Bay Marsh Creation and Terracing Project (TE-51) (Dr. John Foret, NMFS) 12:05 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and CPRA request a project scope change to proceed with the design to 30% and 95% for the Madison Bay project. The project location is proposed to be moved 3 miles to the northeast. The revised constructed acres restored are estimated at 470 acres, while the original concept targeted 688 constructed acres restored. The NMFS and CRPA also request a cost estimate increase from the original $32,353,377 to an estimated $38,798,788. No additional funds are needed to complete phase 1 of this project. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the requested scope change for the Madison Bay Marsh Creation and Terracing Project (TE-51).

16. Decision: Request for Approval to Initiate Deauthorization of the PPL 10 — Benneys Bay Diversion Project (MR-13) (Scott Wandell, USACE) 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. USACE and the CPRA are requesting formal deauthorization procedures be initiated for the Benneys Bay Diversion Project (MR-13) based on the high cost of dredging associated with the project. At the December 13, 2012 meeting, the Technical Committee recommended to “suspend” this project; however, the Task Force did not approve the recommendation for a suspension category. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to initiate deauthorization of the Benneys Bay Diversion Project (MR-13).

17. Decision: Request for Approval to Initiate Deauthorization of the PPL 9 — Little Pecan Hydrologic Restoration Project (ME-17) (Britt Paul, NRCS) 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. NRCS and the CPRA are requesting formal deauthorization procedures be initiated for the Little Pecan Hydrologic Restoration Project (ME-17). As a result of the Phase I Engineering and Design Analysis the project team has determined the current ME-17 project features do not yield sufficient wetland benefits to warrant a Phase II request for the construction and 20 years of maintenance. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to initiate deauthorization of the Little Pecan Hydrologic Restoration Project (ME-17).

18. Additional Agenda Items (Col. Edward Fleming, USACE) 12:20 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

19. Request for Public Comments (Col. Edward Fleming, USACE) 12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

20. Announcement: Date of Upcoming CWPPRA Project Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:30 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. The Technical Committee meeting will be held September 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

21. Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.

2012

September 12, 2012 9:30 a.m. Technical Committee Baton Rouge

October 11, 2012 9:30 a.m. Task Force New Orleans

November 14, 2012 7:00 p.m. PPL 22 Public Comment Meeting Abbeville

November 15, 2012 7:00 p.m. PPL 22 Public Comment Meeting New Orleans

December 12, 2012 9:30 a.m. Technical Committee Meeting Baton Rouge

22. Decision: Adjourn

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