CPRA taking public comments on Atchafalaya Basin Program

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Waiting outside the Bayou Sorrel library in Iberville Parish for the CPRA's presentation to begin, attendees could get a quick overview of CPRA.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) met with Bayou Sorrel residents at the Bayou Sorrel Branch Library on February 5.

The main purpose of the CPRA visit was not only to announce that they are now leading the Atchafalaya Basin Program, but also to seek public input.

Executive Director Bren Haase and Division Chief of Planning and Research Brian Lezina addressed those who attended with a powerpoint presentation, but other CPRA members were on hand to hear any particular concerns facing people.

The five basic tasks of CPRA were touched upon by Haase. They are: flood protection, natural processes, coastal habitats, cultural heritage and working coast.

The fiscal year 2020 project list includes:

1. Grand Lake Depth Restoration,

2. East Grand Lake Upper Region,

3. Flat Lake Study,

4. Murphy Lake Depth Restoration,

5. Buffalo Cove Water Management Project.

Simpler projects include work on the Bayou Plaquemine Boat Launch and the Atchafalaya Welcome Center Trail. More information on these projects and others can be found at http://coastal.la.gov/our-plan/annual-plan/.

The meeting was one of five visits with coastal communities. It was filmed live and can be viewed on their Facebook page or on the Post-South Facebook page. Public comments will be accepted through March 9.