Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act

Announcements

CWPPRA Regional Planning Team (RPT) Meetings

The preliminary RPT agenda can be found HERE.

The Regional Planning Team meetings will be held on 7-9 February 2023 starting at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend in person (see physical address below) or virtually. Instructions on how to join and participate virtually can be found here. Each meeting will have the same WebEx information.

If you would like to submit a project proposal for consideration, please fill out the nomination form located here, and send this to Elizabeth.Jarrell@usace.army.mil. Letters of Support can be submitted by February 16th to Kaitlyn Richard at Kaitlyn.M.Carriere@usace.army.mil. The Coastwide Vote will occur on February 23rd. Additional information on the RPT meeting can be found here.

Region 4 Meeting

February 7, 2023

9:30 a.m.

Port of Lake Charles

1611 West Sallier Street Lake Charles, LA

Region 3 Meeting

February 8, 2023

9:30 a.m.

Port of Morgan City 

7327 Highway 182 Morgan City, LA

Region 1 & 2 Meeting

February 9, 2023

9:30 a.m.

St. Tammany Council Chamber

21490 Koop Drive Mandeville, LA 70471

 

 

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act program (CWPPRA or "Breaux Act") provides for targeted funds to be used for planning and implementing projects that create, protect, restore and enhance wetlands in coastal Louisiana. It was passed in 1990. 

As of December 2019, the CWPPRA Program has 222 authorized projects, 113 of which have been constructed. Another 14 projects are under construction, 30 are in the engineering & design phase, & 46 have been deauthorized or transferred to another program. The CWPPRA Program anticipates receiving about $72.8 M in Federal funds for FY21.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The CWPPRA Program is managed by the CWPPRA Task Force. The Task Force is composed of the State of Louisiana, represented by the Governor's Office of Coastal Activities, and five federal agencies:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administers accounting and tracks project status of all CWPPRA projects. Project Status Reports of all approved CWPPRA projects and projects in progress may be found at the CWPPRA-funded website, www.lacoast.gov. The USACE also constructs those approved CWPPRA projects whenever the USACE is assigned lead agency for that project. All other projects are constructed by one of four other Federal agencies.

The Task Force manages the CWPPRA program and is composed of the following members:

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Chair, Colonel Cullen Jones         
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Jeffrey Weller
 Natural Resource Conservation Service  Chad Kacir
 Environmental Protection Agency  Charles Maguire
 National Marine Fisheries Service  Christopher Doley
 State of Louisiana  Chip Kline

 

To address the projected land loss of coastal Louisiana, large-scale coastal restoration projects, which focus on the restoration of ecosystems, must be constructed.  Such projects exceed the funding capacity and authorization of the CWPPRA Program. The Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) initiative, which began in 2001, received authorization in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to begin to address the need for development and funding of large scale coastal restoration projects.