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Chapter: Appendix A: Statement of Task: Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task: Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program." National Research Council. 2009. Final Report from the NRC Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12708.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task: Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program." National Research Council. 2009. Final Report from the NRC Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12708.
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Appendix A Statement of Task Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program This NRC committee will review the evaluations being conducted as part of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) program. These studies are being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in close coordination with the State of Louisiana. Congress has directed the Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, in partnership with the State of Louisiana, to compile a 24-month technical comprehensive hur- ricane risk reduction analysis and design. The Corps and the State of Louisiana thus are evaluating a wide range of flood control, coastal resto- ration, and hurricane protection measures in this study. The LACPR study began in early 2006 and an interim report was issued in July 2006. The LACPR team plans to issue a draft report in December 2007 and a final report in Spring 2008. The NRC committee will review all aspects of these latter two reports, including assessment of the hurricane risk reduction framework, alterna- tives for flood control, storm protection, coastal restoration, and risk analysis. These two LACPR reports will include several technical ap- pendixes (e.g., cost estimates, engineering studies, draft EIS, design ap- pendixes, and public outreach strategy) that will be part of this review. Given the large number of supporting and supplemental documents that are being produced by the Corps and various other parties, the NRC committee will also review supplemental documents as the committee sees fit and within its time and resource constraints. The NRC committee will issue two reports that include conclusions, findings, and recommendations for improving the LACPR study. 45

46 Second Review of LACPR Draft Report This project is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The ap- proximate start date for the project is June 11, 2007. UPDATE 1-16-08: The project duration has been extended. The first report is expected to be issued by February 2008 and the final report by later in 2008. UPDATE 3-17-08: The project duration has been further extended. The first report is expected to be issued by late April 2008. UPDATE 03-24-09: The second report is expected to be issued in sum- mer 2009, following review of the final report of the LACPR program which was provided to the NRC committee in early March 2009.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) draft final technical report in March, 2009. In response to federal legislation, the Corps had to analyze hurricane protection, and design and present a full range of measures to protect against a storm equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. The request included measures for flood control, coastal restoration, and hurricane protection, and stipulated close coordination with the State of Louisiana and its appropriate agencies.

This is the second and final report from the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on the Review of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program. The committee was charged to review two draft reports from the LACPR team and to assess the hurricane risk reduction framework, alternatives for flood control, storm protection, coastal restoration, and risk analysis. This report presents this committee's review and advice for improvements of the LACPR March 2009 draft final technical report.

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