Act 570 of the 2018 Regular Session, enacting La. R.S. 49:214.8.1, et seq., transferred the responsibilities of the Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board and the Atchafalaya Basin Program from the Department of Natural Resources to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The Atchafalaya Basin Program (R.S. 49:214.8.1 et seq.) is placed within the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which shall perform and exercise the powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of the Program as provided by law. The annual basin plan shall be included in the Annual Plan: Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana produced each year by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
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CPRA will accept proposals from various sources including academia, parish governments, elected officials, agencies, non-governmental organizations, landowners, businesses, industry, and the general public. Project nominations should include an explanation of the project need, how it addresses that need, the project location, and the specific features of the project.
Proposed projects must be submitted to CPRA by November 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted in PDF format emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan
P.O. Box 44027
Baton Rouge, La. 70804
Project guidelines and formatting criteria may be found at here. Questions on the submission process and requirements can be emailed to Alexis.Rixner@la.gov. CPRA will also hold five public meetings starting at 6 pm on the project solicitation process:
Sept. 23 – Morgan City
Morgan City Auditorium
728 Myrtle Street
Sept. 26 – Morganza
Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness
7011 Mitchell Lane
Oct. 1 – St. Martinville
St. Martin Parish Library
201 Porter Street
Oct. 2 – Henderson
Henry Guidry Memorial Park Recreation Building
1015 Park Road
Oct. 3 – Plaquemine
Bayou Sorrel Library
33415 Highway 75
Projects will be screened on the basis of (1) consistency with Coastal Master Plan objectives and principles; (2) geographic areas with issues of water quality, sedimentation and public access; (3) non-duplication of submissions previously turned down, unless justifiable in light of changing conditions, and (4) adequate information with sufficient detail for thorough evaluation. Note that detailed cost and land area estimates are not required for each project type.