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Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:07 PM
To: Pat Forbes
Subject: What role is the Water Institute playing in this?
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Overview: A resolution by the Restore Louisiana Task Force regarding the CDBG-DR allocation for mitigation activities under Public Law 115-123.
WHEREAS, on September 2, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards established by Executive Order Number JBE 2016-65, the Restore Louisiana Task Force, directing the members of the Task Force to establish both short and long-term priorities in developing plans for recovery and redevelopment from the effects of the flooding disasters of March and August 2016; and
WHEREAS, on February 9, 2018, President Trump signed Public Law 115-123 which included an appropriation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of $28 billion, of which at least $12 billion would be allocated among CDBG-DR grantees for the specific purpose of mitigation activities; and
WHEREAS, from the mitigation activity appropriation, HUD has allocated CDBG-DR funds to the State of Louisiana in the amount of $1,213,917,000; and
WHEREAS, the March and August 2016 flooding disasters, in addition to the devastation they have caused, have once again highlighted the need for the State of Louisiana to approach flood control from a proactive mitigation standpoint, separate and distinct from recovery from those floods; and
WHEREAS, in anticipation of the recent mitigation allocation, under the guidance of the Governor the state agencies whose various missions include the specialized knowledge and skill of the elements involved in the analysis, design and implementation of CDBG-DR funded statewide water-shed based floodplain management (referred to for the purposes of this resolution as the Louisiana Watershed Coordinated Agencies (LWCA)) and other mitigation activities have initiated the creation of the Louisiana Watershed-Based Floodplain Management Program. The LWCA comprises the following agencies and offices: the Office of Community Development, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; and
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