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Roseau Cane Update

Jan 1, 2018
visitpasadena.org / LSU AgCenter

While you oooh and ahhh over the intricate use of flowers and plants ornamenting today's Rose Parade floats in Pasadena, California, Louisiana officials continue to fret about the die off of a necessary marshland plant — Roseau cane.

 

"We've now got observations of the invasive scale in 13 parishes," reports Jim Pahl with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Latest Coastal Plan Banking On Big Bucks (Finally!)

Dec 14, 2017
courtesy: CPRA

"“This is going to be the most money we’ve spent, right?" asked state Senator Norby Chabert of Houma.

"Yes, sir," CPRA executive director Mike Ellis replied, with a smile.

"The most money spent, in the history of this state, on construction," Chabert added, for emphasis.

"You are correct," Ellis confirmed.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

At a recent America’s Wetland Foundation Coastal Summit, Governor John Bel Edwards looked ahead to the Legislature’s next regular session, which starts April 10th. During that session, the Legislature will vote on the state’s newest Coastal Master Plan. 


CPRA

The Governor’s Advisory Commission On Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation met at the Capitol Wednesday to discuss The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's 2017 Master Plan. 


npr.org

With BP, TransOcean and Anadarko settling claims from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill earlier this year, you now have the opportunity to weigh in on how that money should be spent.


They Said “More Cuts” and Meant It

Feb 24, 2016
Sue Lincoln

Louisiana’s House Republicans have been insisting the Governor needs to make more budget cuts before they’ll consider raising revenue. With the full House considering the tax hike bills tomorrow, they took matters into their own hands today.

“The Governor maxxed out all of his cuts. Our additional cuts are 87-million,” House Appropriations chairman Cameron Henry said when opening discussion on his bill to remove a total of $117-million from state agencies.

Concerns Over CPRA Compromise on LA 1 Continue

Oct 22, 2015
LA1coalition.org

A controversial proposal for elevating LA 1 to Port Fourchon, backed by Governor Jindal, has been drawing fire from the candidates seeking to replace him in the mansion. The plan would have used “leftover” funds from BP, unused because the coastal projects the RESTORE Act funded were completed under budget.

“I would oppose that from this source of funds,” Scott Angelle said during a forum for the governor candidates earlier this week.

But when the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority met Wednesday, chairman Chip Kline announced that a compromise had been reached – to use GOMESA money instead of BP funds.

From Sea to Shining Marsh

Sep 11, 2015
Nick Janzen

Down by the toe of Louisiana’s boot, Bayou Grand Liard used to be surrounded by solid land.

“I’ve talked to people whose fathers and grandfathers used to come out here and hunt rabbits. Now you see it’s all open water,” says Chuck Perrodin, a spokesman for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

To fix that, the CPRA is in the middle of a marsh creation project at Bayou Grand Liard. “We’re taking what used to be land and marsh, went back into open water, now we have made it back into land,” Perrodin says.

Creating Land at the Edge of Louisiana

Aug 31, 2015
Nick Janzen

  In Bayou Grand Liard, down by the toe of Louisiana’s boot, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is creating marsh. Chuck Perrodin, a spokesman for CPRA, sums up what’s going on: “We’re taking what used to be land and marsh, went back into open water, and now we have made it back into land.”

Creating land where there’s open water seems like an impossible task, but the basic idea is remarkably simple—fill in the water with lots of sand. Finding that sand, and transporting it, is the hard part.

EPA

Louisiana’s share of the $18.7 billion BP settlement is of intense interest to the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. But director Chip Kline told the board Wednesday that most details are remain under wraps.

“Some of us are still under a confidentiality agreement as this thing plays out, so there’s only so much that we can discuss,” Kline explained, by way of apologizing for not being more forthcoming.

CPRA staffer Alyson Graugnard was able to give a timeline of the next steps, now than an agreement-in-principle has been reached.

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