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AGENDA
October 15, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Location:
Grand Isle Multiplex
Hwy 1 at Ludwig Lane
Grand Isle, Louisiana

Documentation of Task Force 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
  1. Decision: Adoption of Minutes for the May 14, 2015 Task Force Meeting (Brad Inman, USACE) 9:40 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. 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.
  1. Report: Status of CWPPRA Program Funds and Projects (Susan Mabry, USACE) 9:45 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Susan Mabry will provide an overview of the status of CWPPRA accounts and available funding in the Planning and Construction Programs.
  1. Report: Construction Update (Brad Inman, USACE) 9:55 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. CWPPRA agencies will provide a report on projects that are currently under construction and projects that have recently completed construction.
  1. Report/Decision: Status of Unconstructed Projects (Brad Inman, USACE) 10:10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The P&E Subcommittee will report on the status of unconstructed CWPPRA projects as well as projects recommended for deauthorization, inactivation, or transfer. The Task Force will consider the following Technical Committee recommendations:
    1. Critical-watch unconstructed project status and milestone updates:
      • North Lake Boudreaux Freshwater Introduction and Hydrologic Management (TE-32a), PPL 6, FWS
    2. Unconstructed project recommended by the project team to deauthorize:
      • Kelso Bayou Marsh Creation (CS-53), PPL20, NRCS
    3. Unconstructed project requested by the project team to inactivate:
      • Madison Bay Marsh Creation & Terracing (TE-51), PPL 16, NFMS
  1. Report/Decision: Status of the 2015 Report to Congress (Darryl Clark, FWS) 10:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Darryl Clark will provide a status update on the 2015 Report to Congress. The FWS-USGS-CPRA Report to Congress Work Group presented the semifinal edited draft 2015 Report to Congress (RTC) to the CWPPRA Technical Committee to recommend to the Task Force for approval. The CWPPRA agencies reviewed the first and second drafts; the final draft was edited by USGS editors in August. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the final edited draft of the 2015 Report to Congress.
  1. Report: Outreach Committee Report (Kelia Bingham, USGS) 10:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Kelia Bingham will provide the Outreach Committee report.
  1. Report: Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Report (Dona Weifenbach, USGS) 10:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Dona Weifenbach will present a report on CRMS.
  1. Report: Coastwide Nutria Control Program – Annual Report (Jennifer Manuel, LDWF) 10:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Jennifer Manuel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will present an annual report on the Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b).
  • Decision: Annual Request for Incremental Funding for FY18 Administrative Costs for Cash Flow Projects (Susan Mabry, USACE) 11:05 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will request funding approval in the amount of $24,641 for administrative costs for cash flow projects beyond Increment 1. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the request for funds.
  • Decision: Request for Funding for the CWPPRA Program’s Technical Services (Sarai Piazza, USGS) 11:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.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 Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the request for funding for technical services in the amount of $171,410.
  • Decision: Request for a Phase 1 Budget Increase for the Cameron Creole Freshwater Introduction Project (CS-49) (Garvin Pittman, CPRA) 11:15 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. CPRA has overspent CPRA Administration funds by $4,572. CPRA proposes a budget increase and increase funding for Phase I CPRA Administration by $64,572 to cover the over expenditure and to allow CPRA enough funds to perform Administration duties through the Engineering and Design Phase of the project. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the requested budget increase.

 

  • Decision: Request for a Phase 1 Budget Increase for the Non-Rock Alternatives to Shoreline Protection Demonstration Project (LA-16) (Garvin Pittman, CPRA) 11:20 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. CPRA has overspent CPRA Easements and Land Rights funds by $15,989.64 and has overspent total CPRA Supervision and Administration funds by $33,809.48. CPRA requests a budget increase in the amount of $55,140.28 to cover the over expenditures and to allow CPRA’s Lafayette Regional Office Staff enough funds to perform Construction Administration duties through the Construction Phase of the project. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the request for a budget increase in the amount of $55,140.28.

 

  • Decision: Request for Transfer of Funds from PPL6 Delta-wide Crevasses (MR-09) Operations and Maintenance to Monitoring and Long-term S&A. (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 11:25 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For the MR-09 Delta-wide Crevasses project, CPRA and NOAA Fisheries are proposing the repurposing of authorized funding from the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activity to the Monitoring activity in the amount of $241,500, and from the O&M activity to NOAA Long-term S&A in the amount of $40,000 via Memorandum of Agreement between the two agencies. These adjustments do not cause the total project estimates to exceed the maximum total project cost as currently authorized by the CWPPRA Task Force. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the requested transfer of funds.
  • Decision: Request for Transfer of Funds from the PPL2 Clear Marais Bank Protection (CS-22) Operations and Maintenance to Monitoring (Brad Inman; USACE; Stuart Brown, CPRA) 11:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. The CS-22 project does not have sufficient funds to complete remaining monitoring tasks which include final shoreline data collection and composition of the final OM&M Report. There are sufficient O&M funds available to complete the remaining O&M inspections and to fund the monitoring tasks through the end of the project in 2017 at a cost of $47,100. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the requested transfer of funds.
  • Decision: Request for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Incremental Funding and Budget Increases (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 11:35 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve requests for total FY18 incremental funding in the amount of $7,509,630 and O&M budget increases totaling $3,048,600.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $4,469,751 for the following projects:
      • GIWW – Perry Ridge West Bank Stabilization (CS-30), PPL9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $6,539
      • Freshwater Introduction South of Highway 82 (ME-16), PPL-9, USFWS
        Incremental Funding amount: $120,478
      • North Lake Mechant Landbridge Restoration, (TE-44), PPL-10, USFWS
        Incremental Funding amount: $400,00
      • Little Lake Shoreline Protection/ Dedicated Dredging Near Round Lake, (BA-37), PPL-11, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $600,000
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b), PPL-11, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount (FY16): $2,086,556
      • Mississippi River Sediment Delivery System – Bayou Dupont (BA-39), PPL12, EPA
        Incremental Funding amount: $7,200
      • South White Lake Shoreline Protection (ME-22), PPL12, COE
        Incremental funding amount: $8,315
      • West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration, (TE-52), PPL-16, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $7,259
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL-20, NRCS
        Incremental Funding amount: $1,188,080
      • Four Mile Canal Terracing and Sediment Trapping (TV-18), PPL 9, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $6,267
      • Barataria Barrier Island Complex: Pelican Island and Pass La Mer to Chaland Pass Restoration (BA-38), PPL 11, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $12,428
      • Pass Chaland to Grand Bayou Pass Barrier Shoreline Restoration (BA-35) PPL 11, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $9,653
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation (BA-48), PPL 17, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $10,218
      • Grand Liard Marsh and Ridge Restoration (BA-68),PPL 18,NMFS
        Incremental funding amount: $6,758
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $227,361:
      • GIWW to Clovelly Hydrologic Restoration (BA-02), PPL-1, NRCS
        Incremental Funding amount: $28,751
      • Highway 384 Hydrologic Restoration (CS-21), PPL2, NRCS
        Incremental Funding amount: $23,867
      • Sabine Refuge Structures (CS-23), PPL-3, USFWS
        Incremental Funding amount: $43,709
      • Lake Chapeau Sediment Input and Hydrologic Restoration, Point Au Fer Island (TE-26), PPL-3, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $10,094
      • Brady Canal Hydrologic Rest, (TE-28), PPL-3, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $103,716
      • Black Bayou Hydrologic Restoration (CS-27), PPL-6, NMFS
        Incremental Funding amount: $17,224
    3. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for a budget increase in the amount of $3,048,600 and FY18 incremental funding in the amount of $2,812,518 for the following projects:
      • Raccoon Island Shoreline Protection/Marsh Creation, (TE-48), PPL-11, NRCS Budget increase amount: $3,048,600
        Incremental Funding amount: $2,812,518
  • Decision: Request for Monitoring Incremental Funding and Budget Increases (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve requests for total FY18 incremental funding in the amount of $11,454,315 and monitoring budget increases totaling $1,783,381.
    1. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $337,671 for the following projects:
      • Barataria Basin Landbridge Shoreline Protection (BA27c), PPL-9, NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $4,689
      • Delta Management at Fort St. Philip (BS-11), PPL-10, USFWS
        Incremental funding amount: $55,201
      • Raccoon Island Shoreline Protection/Marsh Creation (TE-48), PPL-11, NRCS.
        Incremental funding amount: $44,353
      • Coastwide Nutria Control Program (LA-03b) PPL-11 NRCS
        Incremental funding amount: $ 96,695
      • West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration (TE-52), PPL-16, NMFS
        Incremental funding Request: $57,262
      • Coastwide Vegetative Planting (LA-39), PPL-20, NRCS
        Incremental Funding amount: $ 79,471
    2. PPL 1-8 Project requesting approval for FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $153,898:
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation, Increment 3 (CS-28-3), PPL-8 USACE/USFWS
        Incremental funding request: $90,000
      • Clear Marais Bank Protection (CS-22), PPL-2, USACE
        Incremental funding request: $47,100
      • Naomi Outfall Project (BA-03c), PPL-5, NRCS
        Incremental Funding amount: $ 16,798
    3. Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) requesting approval for FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $10,197,109:
      • Incremental funding (FY18): $10,197,109
    4. PPL 9+ Projects requesting approval for a budget increase in the amount of $1,246,966 and FY18 incremental funding in the amount of $592,219 for the following project:
      • Timbalier Island Dune and Marsh Creation (TE-40), PPL-9, EPA
        Budget increase amount: $55,889
        Incremental Funding amount: $41,250
      • Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation (BA-42), PPL-15, USFWS
        Budget increase amount: $240,354
        Incremental Funding amount: $120,418
      • Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation (BA-48), PPL-17, NMFS
        Budget increase amount: $445,577
        Incremental Funding amount: $73,326
      • South Lake Leary Shoreline and Marsh Restoration (BS-16), PPL17, USFWS
        Budget increase amount: $ 196,816
        Incremental Funding amount: $ 48,265
      • Non-Rock Alternatives to Shoreline Protection Demonstration (LA-16), PPL18, NRCS
        Budget increase amount: $ 308,960
        Incremental Funding amount: $ 308,960
    5. PPL 1-8 Projects requesting approval for budget increases in the total amount of $536,418 and FY18 incremental funding in the total amount of $173,418 for the following projects:
      • Sabine Refuge Marsh Creation, Increments 4 and 5 (CS-28), PPL8, USFWS
        Budget increase amount: $455,015
        Incremental Funding amount: $48,458
      • Channel Armor Gap Crevasse (MR-06), PPL3, USACE
        Budget increase amount: $81,400
        Incremental Funding amount: $124,960
  • Report/Decision: Request to Increase Operation and Maintenance and Monitoring Budgets for PPL 14 – East Marsh Island Marsh Creation (TV-21) (Darrell Pontiff, CPRA) 12:15 p.m. to 12:25 p.m. CPRA and NRCS report that Phase I is being closed out with an actual/reconciled cost of $905,585.42, and that $288,020.58 of Phase I funds are being returned to the CWPPRA Program. CPRA and NRCS report that construction is complete and that Phase II first costs (construction, including construction S&A, S&I, and COE) are being closed out with an actual/reconciled cost of $18,241,348.69. This results in a potential return of $1,780,980.31 to the CWPPRA Program; however, CPRA and NRCS propose to increase the Operation and Maintenance budget by $515,342, increase the Monitoring budget by $272,274, and decrease Corps Admin budget by $1,504, with incremental increases of $605,884 (O&M); $92,804 (Monitoring), and $5,131 (COE Admin). If approved, the revised fully-funded Phase II cost would be $21,831,844.00, resulting in $994,868.31 of Phase II funds being returned to the program. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to approve the requested budget increases.
  • Decision: Request to Combine Budgets and Reports for CWPPRA Projects: Isles Dernieres Restoration Phase 0 East Island (TE-20), Isles Dernieres Restoration Phase 1 Trinity Island (TE-24) and Whiskey Island Restoration (TE-27) (Stuart Brown, CPRA) 12:25 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. Project sponsors CPRA and EPA would like to combine Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring Reports as well as project monitoring funds for the above projects rather than request an increase in funding. In our opinion, this would be prudent due to the fact that both Isles Dernieres Restoration Phases occurred on the same island. Additionally, data collection efforts for all of the projects are on the same timeline. We would like acknowledgement that we will be allowed to utilize the remaining funds from Isles Dernieres Restoration Phase 0 (TE-20) to complete monitoring activities and the associated project close out report for all 3 projects. The Task Force will consider the Technical Committee’s recommendation to combine the budgets and reports for Isles Dernieres Restoration Phase 0 East Island (TE-20), Isles Dernieres Restoration Phase 1 Trinity Island (TE-24), and Whiskey Island Restoration (TE-27).
  • Additional Agenda Items (Col. Hansen, USACE) 12:35 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
  • Request for Public Comments (Col. Hansen, USACE) 12:40 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Announcement: Dates of Upcoming CWPPRA Program Meetings (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:45 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. The Technical Committee Meeting will be held December 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Announcement: Scheduled Dates of Future Program Meetings (Brad Inman, USACE) 12:50 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
December 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. Technical Committee Baton Rouge
January 14, 2016 9:30 a.m. Task Force New Orleans
January 26, 2016 11:00 a.m. Region IV Planning Team Lafayette
January 27, 2016 9:00 a.m. Region III Planning Team Gray
January 28, 2016 8:00 a.m. Region I & II Planning Team Lacombe
  • Decision: Adjourn
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