Expert Panel on diversion planning and implementation 

About the Panel

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation was established to provide independent advice as plans for implementing sediment diversion projects along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers that support coastal restoration are refined. 

This independent panel is expected to meet approximately three times per year. It will identify critical scientific and technical uncertainties, suggest specific research to reduce uncertainty, and review and comment on technical reports, model outputs, and other aspects of project development. Given the issues surrounding the complexity of the design and operation of a major sediment diversion, the panel's recommendations will be in an adaptive management context. Meetings of the panel will be structured to ensure key input is received from a variety of local experts, stakeholders, and citizens. Panel reports will be presented at meetings of the CPRA Board.

The Water Institute of the Gulf provides staff and logistical support to the panel.

To learn more about the panel members, please click here.

 



Panel Reports

The Expert Panel submitted and presented its first report at the February 26, 2014 CPRA Board meeting.  

To download and view Report #1, please click here.  To view the summary presentation, please click here



Upcoming Meetings

Meeting #2 – April 30, 2014

Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center - New Orleans, Louisiana
2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 

The purpose of the second meeting of this panel is to provide additional information and details regarding ongoing activities relevant to the initial recommendations provided by the panel in their first report.  This meeting will include presentations from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CRPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and The Water Institute with topics ranging from social impact assessments, wildlife and fisheries response to existing freshwater diversions, and data collection and modeling for the Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study (MRHDMS). This meeting will also include an afternoon panel discussion with local scientists, to discuss appropriate project-specific analysis for large scale sediment diversions.

To view the meeting agenda, please click here.

Members of the expert panel will also be participating in a field trip, which will include a fly-over of the Mississippi River and adjacent wetlands, and a boat tour of the area that will serve as a receiving basin for the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project near Myrtle Grove.


Past Meetings

Meeting #1 – January 8, 2014

Capitol Park Welcome Center - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
702 North River Road, Baton Rouge, LA

The purpose of the first meeting was to provide an overview of ongoing activities, familiarize the panel members with the landscape and associated challenges and opportunities, and consider how scientific and technical uncertainties should be considered.  The panel heard from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as representatives of the Environmental Defense Fund, the South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.  Presentation topics included the background of diversions as a restoration tool, perspectives on diversions, and approaches to considering uncertainties in long-term planning efforts. 

To view the meeting agenda, please click here.

We would like to thank the speakers who have made the following presentations available.

Dr. Chip Groat: "Purpose of the Panel"

Dr. Denise Reed: "Charge of the Panel"

Mr. Kyle Graham: "Diversions: Our Path Forward"

Brig. Gen. Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca: "USACE Perspectives of Diversions"

Mr. Michael Massimi: "Background on Diversions as a Restoration Tool"

Dr. Ehab Meselhe: "Model Assessment Approach"

Dr. Alaa Ali: "Approaches in Everglades Planning"

Mr. Ronny Paille: "Perpectives on Uncertainty in Long-Term Planning"

Mr. Mark Wingate: "Perspectives on Uncertainty in Long-Term Planning"
 

To download and view Report #1, please click here

 


To submit agenda suggestions for future meetings or provide background materials that you would like the panel to consider, please email us at appliedresearch@thewaterinstitute.org.