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CPRA Public Meeting Announced


The Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation will hold a public meeting
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
at 1:00 p.m.
in the Department of Natural Resources, LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room,
617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

If you need further information, please call
The Office of Coastal Activities at (225) 342-3968.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Enger Kinchen at (225) 342-7669, describing the assistance required.

Note on PARKING:
Members and all those attending the meeting are asked to park in the new Welcome Center Garage at 101 North St. just beyond the LaSalle Building. Please take a ticket at the entrance. Please be prepared to turn in the ticket upon exiting the garage. On the back of the ticket, please write Department of Natural Resources for the name of the department visited, followed by 080730 (date must be written this way exactly) and please sign full name.

Breaux Act Newsflash - Ecosystem Functions and the Natural Processes of the Chenier Plain Symposium ***********************************************************************
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is pleased to announce a symposium focusing on the Chenier Plain. The "Ecosystem Functions and the Natural Processes of the Chenier Plain Symposium" is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 8, 2009 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. CRCL is seeking abstracts for presentation on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, and coastal protection. Please submit abstracts by September 15, 2008 to Natalie Snider at nsnider@crcl.org. Additional information concerning the symposium location as well as registration information will be available at a later date. Please visit our website: http://www.crcl.org/coalitionprograms/cheniersymposium.html.



Plaquemines Parish Government (the Parish) will hold a Public Meeting on the "Baptiste Collette Bayou Navigation Channel Deepening Section 203 Study" on Tuesday August 5, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaquemines Parish Public Library. The Parish hopes to provide interested parties and stakeholders with background information on the project and the opportunity to comment during the initial phases of planning and alternatives development. This meeting will also serve to initiate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Scoping Process.

The Parish has decided to investigate deepening and widening the navigation channel through Baptiste Collette Bayou. A deeper, wider channel is needed for the larger deep-draft Off-Shore Vessels that are emerging to service the off-shore oil and gas industry. Baptiste Collette Bayou provides the shortest, most direct route, from the eastern Gulf of Mexico to the Venice Port Complex on the Mississippi River. The study area is located within the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain of the Lower Mississippi River and experiences extremely high erosion rates. In addition to improving navigation, the development of an innovative and comprehensive beneficial use plan is a top priority for the study.

Meeting time and Location:

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Plaquemines Parish Public Library is located at 8442 Hwy 23, Belle Chase, LA.


Breaux Act Monthly Newsflash

Breaux Act Newsflash - Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) June 2008 Newsflash (no general update since June)

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) June
2008 Newsflash
CWPPRA Task Force Meeting
9:30 AM
646 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, La 70506

Offshore Weather and Emergency Notice System

Tuesday, June 3 1:30 PM
Grand Isle Port Commission Office
2757 Hwy 1 (by the Butterfly Dome)

The Grand Isle Port Commission announces new Offshore Weather and
Emergency Notice System.

Th Grand Isle Port Commission has been working with the LSU Coastal
Studies Institute on a unique Electronic Reporting Sign.

The system reports actual offshore conditions from a buoy, 9 miles
offshore of Grand Isle. The data is relayed to LSU, processed, then
special software from Grand Isle retrieves the information and displays it
on a large, outdoor sign. This system will also alert people on the
island of any hurricane, or other emergency information.

This is the first such system in the State.

For more info, contact
Wayne Keller
Executive Director
Grand Isle Port Commission

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
#44 Management Conference
9:00 AM June 5, 2008
Nicholls State University Campus
Plantation Room-Student Union
Thibodaux, LA

"Disappearing Marshlands, II"
June 7 to September 1, 2008
Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center
314 St. Mary Street
Thibodaux, La

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve's Wetlands Acadian
Cultural Center Gallery features "Disappearing Marshlands, II" An
exhibition of pastel paintings by Glinda Schafer on display from June 7 to
September 1, 1008 Everyone is invited to come "Meet the Artist" and
preview the exhibit on Sunday, June 8, 2008 from 2 to 4 PM 314 St. Mary
Street, Thibodaux, LA

Angela Rathle
Glinda Schafer

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Meeting
June 16 and 17, 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Public Meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed
Nutrient Task Force will be held on June 16 and 17, 2008 in New Orleans,
Louisiana. The purpose of the meeting is to publicly release the 2008
Action Plan; approve the 2008 Annual Operating Plan; and discuss
composition and effectiveness of the Task Force.

The meeting will be held at the following two locations:

Public Release of 2008 Action Plan and Signing Ceremony, June 16, 1-5 PM
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Royal Street Complex, Counting House
533 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Public Session
June 17, 8:30-12:30 PM
Marriott New Orleans
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

For more info, Click on the link below,
You can register for the Public Meeting at:

More information on Gulf of Mexico hypoxia can be found at

4th Presidents' Forum on Meeting Coastal Challenges

Insurability of the Coast

June 16, 2008
New Orleans, LA
Meeting location and lodging information forthcoming

Register On-line at,

June 16-20, 2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in partnership with
the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program are sponsoring a
week-long wetland workshop in June to train Louisiana teachers (both
formal and informal) in Louisiana's coastal wetlands, issues and history.
During this intense workshop, educators experience research trawling,
seining, fishing, water quality sampling, coastal botany, birding and
presentations from experts in the fields of coastal restoration, invasive
species, and oil and gas exploration. Forty professional contact hours are
offered upon the successful completion of the science institute.

The WETSHOP has continued to provide teachers with up-to-date facts and
experiences related to Louisiana's coast, wetland values and functions and
the history of our rich culture and geography since the Summer of 1993.
WETSHOP 2008 is scheduled to take place June 16 - 20, 2008. The base of
operations will again be at the NRCS Plants Materials Center in Galliano,

Angela Capello, Biologist Supervisor
Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery
10 Joan Stokes Rd.
Forest Hill, LA 71430
(318) 748-6999
(318) 748-6930 fax


The meeting of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has been
scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
9:30 AM - until
Department of Natural Resources
LaSalle Building (LaBelle Room)
617 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

If you need further information, please call
The Office of Coastal Activities at (225) 342-3968

To sign up for CPRA news announcements and press releases, click

Local Coastal Program (LCP)
June 24, 2008
9:00 AM
LaSalle Building
1st Floor Griffon Room

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Jon A. Truxillo
Coastal Resources Scientist
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management Division
225.342.3394 fax 9439

Historic Viosca Photos Available On-line

Percy Viosca was one of Louisiana's most acclaimed biologists and
conservationists. He also was an accomplished photographer, capturing a
visual record of the state's natural resources. Nearly 50 years after his
death, Viosca's photographs - once boxed-up and tucked away on a shelf -
are available at the click of a mouse.

The Hill Memorial Library at LSU began scanning more than 1,100 Viosca
images not long after they were salvaged by Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU
AgCenter Extension agent Mark Schexnayder. Sea Grant funded the archiving

Viosca's photos are accessible through the Louisiana Digital Library -
http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/. Visitors should click on the
"Institution" link on the left side of the screen and then select
"Louisiana State University Libraries" to reach the Viosca collection.

Public Coastal Advisory Committee Meetings (CZM)

Following is a list of scheduled meetings held by coastal advisory
Meetings are open to the public.

Cameron Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, June 2, 2008 6:00 PM
(Usually first Monday of the month)
Cameron Court House
Cameron Parish Government
Kara Bonsull 337-775-5718 or kb_cppj@camtel.net

Terrebonne Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday June 3, 2008 5:30 PM
(In 2008 - First Tuesday of the Month)
Terrebonne Parish Government
8026 Main Street, Houma, Terrebonne Parish Government Building
Administration Conference Room on the 7th Floor
Leslie Suazo (985)873-6889 or lsuazo@tpcg.org

Calcasieu Parish Coastal Advisory Commission Meeting
Tuesday , June 17, 2008 5:30 PM
(usually Third Tuesday of the Month)
1015 Pithon Street (Parish Government Building) in Lake Charles
John Coppock CZM Administrator 337-721-3600 jcoppock@cppj.net

Lafourche Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 6:30:00 PM
(Usually Third Tuesday of the Month)
Greater Lafourche Port Commission Building, Galliano, La
Nicholas Matherne 985-632-4666 mathernenp@lafourchegov.org

Plaquemines Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 2008
6:30 PM
8056 Hwy 23
Plaquemines Parish Government Building EOC Conference Rm Suite 308

St. James Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:00 PM
(Usually Last Wednesday of the Month)
St. James Parish Government
Convent Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers
Jody Chenier at (225) 562-2262 or jody.chenier@stjamesla.com
Joan Louque 225-562-2286 or Deidra Bradford 225-562-2260

St Bernard Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:00 PM
(Usually Last Wednesday of the Month)
St Bernard Parish Government
Council Trailer (currently), formerly at Council Chamber
8201 W Judge Perez Dr. Chalmette, La 70043
Mr. Jerry Graves, Director of Community Development
504-278-4310 or jgraves@sbpg.net

St Charles Parish Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 26 2008 7:00 PM
(Usually Last Thursday of the Month)
St. Charles Parish Government
Parish Council Chambers, 15045 River Road, Hanville
Earl Matherne at (985)783-5060 or ematherne@stcharlesgov.net

For future CWPPRA announcements, comments, or questions, contact
Dave Marks, CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator/USGS
700 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, La 70506

To Subscribe to the Breaux Act Newsflash:

The CWPPRA Program would like the public to be aware of what is going on with our coastal wetlands. The Breaux Act Newsflash is sent out by email to do just that.

To subscribe, send an email from the address you want subscribed to:
maillist@condor.nwrc.gov with the subject "subscribe lacoast".

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - New Orleans District:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Louisiana:
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service:
EPA Region 6:   http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/index.htm
US Fish and Wildlife Service:   http://www.fws.gov/
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources:   http://dnr.louisiana.gov/crm
Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities:
U.S.G.S. National Wetlands Research Center:   http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program:
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program:   http://www.btnep.org
Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study:   http://www.lca.gov
Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service:
Louisiana Seagrant:   http://www.laseagrant.org/
Coast 2050:   http://www.coast2050.gov
America's WETLAND:   http://www.americaswetland.com
Minerals Management Service Sand and Gravel Program:
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation:
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

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