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CPRA formed several working groups focused on the challenges and opportunities related to the development of the Flood Risk and Resilience Program and the implementation of nonstructural projects. These multidisciplinary groups create platforms for collaboration through the:

  1. Flood Risk and Resilience Subcommittee of CPRA Board: Better coordinates CPRA’s policies and programs with other state agencies
  2. Flood Risk and Resilience Stakeholder Group: Connects CPRA’s activities to other groups’ ongoing resilience initiatives and work across the coast
  3. Parish Floodplain Managers Group: Engages with parish floodplain managers and grant managers from the coastal parishes.
  4. Community Focus Group: Engages with community advocates, tribal leaders, and concerned citizens

CPRA Flood Risk and Resilience Subcommittee- Working Across Agencies

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The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is guided by the CPRA Board which oversees the development of the Coastal Master Plan, Annual Plan, and represents the state’s positions relative to protection and restoration policies. To further cross-agency coordination and collaboration, the Flood Risk and Resilience Subcommittee consists of active board members who provide specific insight into future nonstructural measures and activities. The subcommittee streamlines, coordinates, and further develops individual agency efforts to enhance decision making, focus resources on critical areas of need, and provide clear recommendations on policies and procedures for nonstructural implementation.

CPRA Flood Risk and Resilience Subcommittee
Type CPRA Board Members
State Agencies
  • Division of Administration
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Transportation and Development
  • Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
  • Department of Economic Development
Local Entities
  • Regional Representatives of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board
  • Levee District Representatives

Flood Risk and Resilience Stakeholder Group- Enlisting Local Experts

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The goal of the Flood Risk and Resilience Stakeholder Group is to promote collaborative partnerships to support decisions that reduce the socio-economic, cultural, and environmental risks that communities face from coastal hazards. The group will assist in coordination of resilience activities, enhance decision making, and provide clear recommendations on policies and procedures for program implementation. Organizations and individuals involved in hazard mitigation, floodplain management, risk communication, resilience planning and research, and policy making have been invited to participate in this interdisciplinary network.

Parish Floodplain Managers Groups

The Parish Floodplain Managers Group consists of parish floodplain managers and grant managers from the coastal parishes. This group was convened to discuss the Flood Risk and Resilience Program and obtain their feedback on the program’s draft framework, nonstructural project areas, and lessons learned from past recovery grant experiences. Increased coordination with this group has been particularly instrumental in the development of the Flood Risk and Resilience Program.

Community Focus Group- Collaborating With Local Citizens

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The Community Focus Group is charged with enhancing and expanding ongoing communications between the state and local coastal citizens. The focus group is intended to provide guidance to CPRA about the development and implementation of planning efforts, as well as to educate and inform other citizens about ongoing coastal protection and restoration activities. The goal of the Community Focus Group is not necessarily to achieve consensus on any one approach, but to clarify questions, discuss options, understand potential impacts, and provide suggestions for improving coastal planning and implementation efforts to meet the needs of local citizens.

Community Focus Group
Type Organization
Non-Governmental Organizations & Faith Groups Bayou Grace Community Services

Bayou History Center

Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

Coastal Communities Consulting, Inc.

Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation

Oxfam

Tribal Leaders Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw

Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe

United Houma Nation