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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.
Click here to view the Fiscal Year 2024 Draft Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan
2024 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan
New Project Development Guidelines and Criteria
New projects can be proposed by any source, including academia, parishes, elected officials, agencies, NGOs, landowners, business/industry, and the general public. Emphasis should be on projects that continue to provide benefit in the face of sea level rise and subsidence without continued maintenance, those that make a contribution to maintaining estuarine gradients in future decades (e.g., hydrological restoration), and those that provide risk reduction at the community or regional scale.
New projects can be proposed that:
A screening process will be used to determine whether a newly proposed project has the potential to be included in the 2024 ABP Annual Plan:
All proposals must be delivered electronically, in .pdf format, to AtchafalayaBasin@la.gov or mailed to the “2024 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan” at 150 Terrace Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70802 and received by December 1, 2022. Questions may be directed to AtchafalayaBasin@la.gov as well. CPRA staff may be available to help develop and refine project details and attributes. Please include “2024 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan” in the subject line of the email. Proposals should be no more than 7 pages (1 page for the Cover Sheet and Contact Information, 3 pages for Project Description, 1 page for the Map, and 1-2 pages for Project Attributes). After the close of the solicitation period, projects that meet screening criteria will be considered in the evaluation process for the 2024 Annual Plan.
All proposals must include the following:
1. Cover Sheet:
a. Project Title
b. Full Contact information (name, address, email, phone number)
2. Project Description:
a. Project Summary: Brief description of project goals and objectives, features, and intent (including a description of how the project concept meets Screening Criteria 1-3), not to exceed 3 pages, including all figures, tables, links and reference Please include Project Type, Planning Unit, and Parish(es) in which the project will be located and where the benefits are expected to be delivered. Only project types listed below (A-G) will be considered.
b. Map: Please provide a map with details of the project location, geographic coordinates for each project feature (marsh creation area, structure location, e), and overall influence area regardless of project type.
c. Shapefile (If available): Please provide a shapefile (or kmz file) of the project area and/or location(s) of project feature
3. Project Attributes: Project attribute details and definitions are located in Appendix A of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan
A. Hydrologic Restoration: Location, Structure Type, Structure Location, Operational Regime, heyStructure Length (ft), Structure Width (ft), Structure Opening Area (ft²).
B. BUDMAT: Location, Created Acres, Length (ft), Width (ft), Borrow
C. Integrated Projects: Location and details of relevant features as noted under A and B.