The Atchafalaya River Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp and holds significant ecological and cultural significance for Louisiana and the nation. The Basin produces the largest wild caught crawfish harvest in the nation, supports thriving finfish and shellfish fisheries and hosts a unique and diverse array of plants and animals. The Basin also serves as a critical relief valve for extreme flood events on the Mississippi River and is home to the Port of Morgan City, a critical connection point for inland and coastal shipping routes.
Modifications to the natural flow regime of the Atchafalaya River and its swamp have caused sedimentation and water quality issues in the basin. These issues threaten the ecosystem, navigation, flood control, and the communities that rely on the basin’s natural and cultural resources.
To address these issues, Governor Edwards created the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration & Enhancement Task Force (ARBRE Task Force). The Task Force will bring stakeholders from diverse perspectives together to work through the ongoing challenges in the basin and help identify opportunities. The ARBRE Task Force is charged with:
By September 1, 2021, the ARBRE Task Force will produce an initial report on its findings to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. The ARBRE Task Force is comprised of 20 key state and local stakeholders as well as five federal nonvoting members. The ARBRE Task Force is chaired and staffed by the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities (GOCA).
All meeting announcements and recordings will be posted online and will take place virtually until in person meetings are possible as determined by improvement in conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view live streams and past meetings click here.
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