Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act


CWPPRA Task Force Meeting

The upcoming CWPPRA Task Force meeting will be held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA on 19 May 2022 at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The facility's address is: 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501. For those who are not able to attend in person, the meeting will be live-streamed via Facebook, which can be accessed by following the link below: 

 Please contact Alice Kerl, CWPPRA Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at .


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, 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 Stephen Murphy
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.