Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Diversion Expert Panel Report #6

Author(s): The Water Institute of the Gulf

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a sixth time on October 27-28, 2016 to provide expert advice to the state on issues pertaining to river diversions. The primary objectives of the meeting were to receive an update from CPRA regarding ongoing activities and responses to previous report recommendations, discuss the outcome and logic related to the Fall 2015 Decision Point, and receive results of modeling stimulations (i.e. land building and landscape change, changes in vegetation and fate of nutrients, changes in fish and shellfish communities and the impacts of basin-wide socio-economics).

The sixth report summarizes the Panel's most important findings to date, and offers four summary recommendations for more effectively advancing the diversion planning process.