State of Louisiana National Disaster Resilience Competition Applications Update

Friends, Colleagues and Collaborators,

 As you know, the State of Louisiana submitted its Phase II application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) on Oct. 27. Over the past year, as the State developed both Phase I and Phase II applications, we engaged and collaborated with an uncountable number of individuals and organizations as we took a holistic look at current risks and future vulnerabilities, developing just a few of the many solutions and interventions required to adequately address the challenges we collectively face. 

 One of the themes we touched upon throughout the application is the fact our state’s commitment to resilience began well before the NDRC was ever conceived, and while the NDRC gave us an opportunity to step back and develop a fresh approach to Louisiana’s resilience-building activities, our commitment must and will extend beyond the NDRC and into the foreseeable future.

 It is in this spirit that I hope you all will take a moment to review the work we have completed over the last year and continue to engage us in an exchange of ideas that will ultimately lead us all to the safer, stronger and smarter ideal we all recognized our need to achieve following 2005’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 Specifically, I would like to direct you all to Louisiana’s Phase I and Phase II applications:

 Our newly-developed resilience policy framework, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE):

 And a white paper specific to one of our individual project proposals, Resettlement as a Resilience Strategy and the Case of Isle de Jean Charles:

 Please do not hesitate to reach out with feedback, thoughts and ideas as we move forward.




Mathew D. Sanders, AICP

Policy Advisor, Disaster Recovery Unit

Office of Community Development, State of Louisiana

504.556.9787 (o)

Louisiana Wetland Method for Assessing Wetlands Compensatory Mitigation, Public Comment & Outreach Period through Nov. 26th, 2015

"The Draft Louisiana Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM) was placed on public notice with a start date of October 12, 2015.  This notice is to obtain public comments on the LRAM Guidance as well as the LRAM.  Below is the public comment  and public meeting schedule associated with the public notice.  For more details, click here."

                  LRAM Public Comment Schedule

October 12, 2015              Draft LRAM goes on public notice

October 27, 2015              Workshop #1 (Lake Charles)    

                                          6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Open House     
                                          6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 
                                          Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70611 

October 28, 2015             Workshop #2 (St. Martinville)

                                         6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Open House 
                                         6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 
                                         Location: Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Hwy, St. Martinville, LA 70582 

November 3, 2015           Workshop #3 (Houma)

                                         6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Open House 
                                         6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 
                                         Location: Houma Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, LA 70360

November 4, 2015           Workshop #4 (Mandeville)

                                         6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Open House 
                                         6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 
                                         Location: Fleur De Lis Center, 1645 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70471

November 26, 2015         End of public comment period.  All comments must be received by this date.

Link to draft assessment:


Fourth Annual Anba Dlo Water Symposium, Oct. 17th, New Orleans Healing Center

The Fourth Annual Water Symposium will update progress on efforts to protect Louisiana's vanishing coast from scientists, State officials, environmentalist, educators, and financiers.  Also, featured will be entrepreneurs working on coastal restoration and green infrastructure.  Finally, there will be a unique discussion of ways to communicate large environmental themes and water issues to a board and diverse public, given our different learnings styles.  The event will start off at 10 am with walking tour where speakers will provide perspectives on the River and its role in shaping the City. 
The Fourth Annual Anba  Dlo Water Symposium from Noon to 4 pm on October 17, 2015, 2372 St. Claude Avenue at Café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center. The event will be moderated by Travers Mackel and lunch will be served. The walking tour will commence at 10:00 am in the New Orleans Healing Center parking lot.
WATER WALK AND LEARN-10:00am to Noon: 
The Greater New Orleans Collaborative will be hosting a Walk and Learn with a focus on the river and Earth Lab, pulling together speakers who can provide different perspectives on the river and its role in shaping the city as we know it as well as how our relationship to the river has changed over time.
Start and/or end at the Healing Center/Earth Lab, which is adjacent to the parking lot on the N. Rampart side of the New Orleans Healing Center, with folks from Groundwork joining and talking about detention and retention and infiltration at a site scale.
*              Steven Cochran, Director of the Mississippi Delta Project: Environmental Defense Fund
*              Kyle Graham, Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
*              Justin Ehrenwerth, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
*              Mark Davis, Director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
*              Jeff Carney, Associate Professor, LSU School, Architecture & Director of the Coastal Sustainability Studio
MULTIPLE LEARNING STYLES-1:45 pm to 2:45 pm:
*              Steven Bingler - Architect, Community Planner and Moderator  
*              Edward Biersmith - Covenant Catholic Climate Ambassador & Sylvan Learning Center
*              Pippen Frisbie-Calder - Visual Artist 
*              Dr. Tim McLean - Tulane University Water Scientist
*              Dan Johnson, Greenman Dan Rainwater Harvesting 
*              Gary Shaffer & Demetra  Kandalepas, Wetland Resources LLC
*              Dana Eness, Front Yard Initiative 
*              Scott Eustis, Public Lab
*              Moderator: Mike Eckert, Propeller Lead Mentor for Water

For more information, please contact:

Dan Walker
Executive Director

Louisiana Fisheries Forward: Fact sheets, videos and website!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU (Sea Grant) are proud to announce the completion of phase one of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF) initiative. These initial components include a web site (, eight fact sheets and four videos approximately 35 minutes in length:

 The videos provide an overview of best practice methods, with a focus on quality, safety and industry regulations

A collaboration of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU (Sea Grant), LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry. Though participation in LFF is voluntary at this time, leaders at LDWF and Sea Grant believe the program is making real impact.

Another four videos are planned in the next year, in addition to eight more fact sheets, workshops along the coast and the annual LFF Summit to be held Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in New Orleans.

Oyster Industry Workshops: October 13th, Belle Chasse & October 15th, Houma

Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF), a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant collaborative program, will host a series of educational oyster industry workshops in coastal Louisiana.

Workshop topics include oyster harvesting tags and requirements, methods of sale of oysters, private seed production and industry legislative updates. These presentations are designed to help those in the oyster industry thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.

Workshop dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Belle Chasse Auditorium • 8398 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Thursday, October 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dumas Auditorium • 301 West Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70360

Hands-on demonstrations will include new refrigeration techniques and equipment, including the LFF Seafood Quality Training Lab.  A light meal will be provided, so registration is encouraged to accommodate all participants: click here to register for the Belle Chasse event, and click here to register for the Houma workshop.

LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry by showcasing new technology and best practice methods.