For Immediate Release: June 8, 2010
Contact: Miki Teer
OCPR Sets Regional Stakeholder Workgroup (RSW) Meetings for June
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration will conduct three Regional Stakeholder Workgroup (RSW) meetings June 14, June 15 and June 17.
The intent of these meetings is to involve the public, including community leaders, non-profit organizations, the business community and the scientific community in the development of a comprehensive nonstructural program for the 2012 Master Plan Update.
All meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.:
Region 3 RSW Meeting - Abbeville - June 14, 2010
301 AA Comeaux Memorial Drive Abbeville, LA 70511
Region 1 RSW Meeting - Lafitte - June 15, 2010
Leo. E. Kerner Jr. City Park Multi-Purpose Complex
4917 City Park Drive Lafitte, LA 70067
Region 2 RSW Meeting - Houma - June 17, 2010
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Council Meeting Room
Government Tower Building
8026 Main Street Houma, LA 70360
1. Introduction -- Karim Belhadjali, OCPR
2. Infrastructure and Economic Development (Using CDBG Funds for Non-structural Protection) -- Brad Sweazy, Office of Community Development (OCD), Disaster Recovery Unit
3. Housing and Hazard Mitigation (Using HMGP Funds for Non-structural Protection) -- Candace Craig, Chuck Perrodin, Spring Garcia, OCD, Disaster Recovery Unit
4. Developing Natural Resource and Natural Hazard Model Ordinances for Louisiana Land Use Toolkit -- Michele Deshotels, OCPR
5. NWF Focus on Non-structural Implementation -- Christopher Pulaski, Maura Wood, National Wildlife Foundation
6. *Region 3 Local Presentation* (in Abbeville only) Mitigating Coastal Storm Risk: Partnering with a Community's Economic Development Committee -- JoAnne DeRouen, Ph.D., University of Louisiana-Lafayette
*Region 1 Local Presentation* (in Lafitte only) Jefferson Parish Mitigation (including elevation, retrofitting, etc., results in highest CRS in LA) -- Tom Rodrigue, Floodplain Administrator, Jefferson Parish
*Region 2 Local Presentation* (in Houma only) Terrebonne Parish: Implementation of Multi-faceted Non-structural Program -- Pat Gordon, Director, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning and staff
7. RSW Discussion and Comments
OCPR appreciates all stakeholders' interest in preserving and restoring Louisiana's coastal heritage and natural environments and invites all interested to participate in the RSWs. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Karim Belhadjali (firstname.lastname@example.org; 225-342-4123).
For more information on the RSWs, visit http://www.lacpra.org/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&nid=67&pnid=4&pid=52&fmid=0&catid=0&elid=0
For more information about Louisiana's ongoing coastal restoration and hurricane protection efforts, please contact Miki Teer at 225-342-7307 or by e-mail at email@example.com
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast. Working with federal, state and local political subdivisions, including levee districts, the CPRA will work to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come. The CPRA of Louisiana was established by Act 8 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2005.