Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act

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CWPPRA Task Force Meeting

The upcoming CWPPRA Task Force meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6th at 9:30am. The meeting will be held at the USACE New Orleans District in the DARM, the physical address is: 7400 Leake Ave New Orleans, LA 70118. A virtual component will also be incorporated for those who cannot attend face to face. Similarly to the previous public meetings, we will utilize WebEx.  The public is invited to attend in-person or virtually. Instructions on how to join and participate virtually can be found here.

Please note: As the CDC Community Levels in Orleans Parish are currently categorized as low, COVID-19 vaccination status will NOT be required upon entry. 

 Please contact Alice Kerl, with any questions or concerns at Alice.P.Kerl@usace.army.mil.

 

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 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.