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					 Levee Board
Consolidation
 Legislation
Southeast Louisiana and Greater New Orleans

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                 Objectives
1.   To demand that focus be on flood related duties

2.   To remove opportunities for patronage

3.   To create regional levee protection

4.   To provide constitutional protection of the new district


Governor Blanco’s letter dated December 10, 2005

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Additional Considerations
  “Provided further, That none of the $12,000,0000
    provided herein for the Louisiana Hurricane
 Protection Study shall be available for expenditure
until the State of Louisiana establishes a single state
  or quasi-state entity to act as a local sponsor for
 construction, operation, and maintenance of all of
 the hurricane, storm damage reduction and flood
  control projects in the greater New Orleans and
             southeast Louisiana area…”
                    - Appropriations Conference Report
                       December 2005
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         The Solution
v Southeast Louisiana Flood
  Protection Authority (SLFPA)
     üSLFPA – East
     üSLFPA – West Bank

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
         (CPRA) = Single State Entity
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                        SLFPA – East




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Coastal Zone Boundary
                    SLFPA - West Bank




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Coastal Zone Boundary
             SLFPA Membership &
               Nomination Process
                                                             SLFPA – East:
                                                National Academy of Engineering
                                                National Society of Black Engineers

Nominating                                      National Society of Professional Engineers
                                                American Institute of Hydrology
Committee                                       American Society of Civil Engineers
                                                Association of State Floodplain Managers
                                                UNO - College of Engineering
                                                SU – College of Engineering
                                                Tulane - School of Science and Engineering
Submit Nominations to the                       LSU - Louisiana Geological Survey
Governor for Appointment                        Public Affairs Research Council (PAR)
(1 nominee for professional appointment and 2   Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL)
             nominees for others)


                                                        SLFPA – West Bank:
                                                All of the Above

   Senate Confirmation                          Harvey Canal Industrial Association
                                                Our Lady of Holy Cross College
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SLFPA Membership & Nomination Process
                  SLFPA – East                                                 SLFPA – West Bank
•    Total of 11 Members of which no more or no                •      Total of 7 Members of which no more or no less
     less than one member from each parish in the                     than two members from each parish in the
     SLFPA - East.                                                    SLFPA – West Bank.
•    3 At-Large members                                        •      2 At-Large members
•    5 members who shall either be an engineer or a            •      3 members who shall either be an engineer or a
     professional in a related field such as                          professional in a related field such as
     geotechnical, hydrological, or environmental                     geotechnical, hydrological, or environmental
     science                                                          science
•    3 members who shall be a professional in a                •      2 members who shall be a professional in a
     discipline other than that occurring in (# 3                     discipline other than that occurring in (# 3
     above) with at least 10 years of professional                    above) with at least 10 years of professional
     experience in that discipline                                    experience in that discipline


    5.      Nominating Committee shall recommend one name for those members listed in #3 above and two
            names for those listed in #2 and #4 above for each board position to the Governor
    6.      The Governor shall appoint from the list of nominations
    7.      Senate Confirmation Required
    8.      Term Limits
    9.      Staggered Terms
    10.     Members prohibited from political activity similar to Louisiana Board of Ethics
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               SLFPA Structure
•       Establishes Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority
        (SLFPA) – East (St. Bernard, Orleans, East Jefferson, St.
        Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. Charles*, & St. John*) as a
        regional political subdivision for the specific purpose of
        constructing, maintaining, & managing regional flood
        protection.
* St. Charles and St. John remain in the Pontchartrain Levee District but are part of the East Bank Region

2.      Establishes Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority
        (SLFPA) – West Bank (West Jefferson & Algiers Area) as a
        regional political subdivision for the specific purpose of
        constructing, maintaining, & managing regional flood
        protection
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                 SLFPA Structure
3.   Eliminates the Levee Boards of existing districts

4.   Maintains existing levee districts

5.   Allows those portions of St. Charles and St. John Parishes within the Pontchartrain
     Levee District to remain a part of the Pontchartrain Levee District and
     simultaneously allows them to be a part of the East Bank Region of SLFPA.

6.   Creates two new levee districts (one for each of those portions of St. Tammany, and
     Tangipahoa, within the Coastal Zone of these respective parishes, which is the
     southern border of Interstates 10 & 12 )

7.   Does not allow for co-mingling of revenues or assets from individual districts

8.   Will not impact collection of taxes of individual districts

9.   Provides for cooperative endeavor agreements between districts to accomplish
     projects of mutual benefit

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                 SLFPA Structure
10. Establishes the SLFPA Board - East as the single governing authority of the
    individual districts and the regional district on the East Bank

11. Establishes the SLFPA Board – West Bank as the single governing authority of the
    West Bank and the regional district

12. SLFPA – East and SLFPA – West Bank Boards shall have authority over
    administrative, personnel, and budgetary matters over their respective districts

13. SLFPA - East and SLFPA – West Bank Boards will not acquire the debt or ownership
    of flood control assets but is responsible for management of those assets in their
    respective territories

14. Transfers management of non-flood control assets (i.e. marinas, airports, etc.) to the
    appropriate state agency but requires profits from management or disposition of non
    flood control assets to be returned to the individual districts to be used exclusively
    for flood control efforts. Gives political subdivisions, within the parish in which the
    assets are situated, the preference of future ownership.


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               SLFPA Structure
15.   Prohibits direct engagement of police but allows for a corporative endeavor
      agreement with law enforcement agencies for police security services

16.   Allows for SLFPA – East and SLFPA – West Bank Boards to propose taxes in the
      name of individual districts or in the name of the regional district in excess of
      current imposed taxes, only through a vote of the people. This, in effect, removes
      the opportunity for any new taxes to be imposed without a vote of the people.

17.   Prior to being submitted to a vote of the people, a regional project must first receive
      a 2/3 vote of the SLFPA – East Board or the SLFPA – West Bank Board, as
      appreciated. In addition:

           •    East Bank Regional projects must be approved by a majority of the
                electors participating in the election, and must be approved by 100 % of
                the parishes in the East Bank Region.

           •    West Bank Regional projects must be approved by the majority of the
                electors participating in the election, and must be approved by 100 % of
                the parishes in the West Bank Region.

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                 SLFPA Structure
18.   Authorizes the SLFPA – East and SLFPA – West Bank Boards to execute agreements
      with federal, state, and local governments

19.   Requires the SLFPA – East and SLFPA – West Bank Boards to coordinate pumping
      operations with political subdivisions

20.   Establishes minimum qualifications for the Regional Director of the SLFPA – East
      and SLFPA – West Bank Boards

21.   Civil Service is maintained for those districts that are governed by a Civil Service
      plan

22.   Domicile of Authority to be decided by the Board

23.   Mandates access through private property for levee inspections

24.   Attorney General as general counsel

25.   Establishes the Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority (CPRA) as the single
      state entity to comply with federal legislation.
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            CPRA’S Role
 “Not withstanding any other provision of state law
   and in accordance with the requirements of the
  Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental
 Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of
  Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act of 2006, the
  Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is
established, authorized, and empowered to carry out
any and all functions necessary to serve as the single
  entity responsible to act as the local sponsor for
construction, operation and maintenance of all of the
hurricane, storm damage reduction and flood control
projects in areas under its jurisdiction, including the
greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana area.”

                            - Senate Bill 8
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                                    The People
                        Governor                            Louisiana Legislature

                                               CPRA


SLFPA           SLFPA       Plaquemines        Grand Isle         South
 East                                                                               Lafourche
                 West          Parish         Independent       Lafourche             Basin
                 Bank       Government          District          Levee               Levee
                                                                 District            District


   Pontchartrain    Atchafalaya      Terrebonne         St. Mary          North         Southwestern
   Levee District   Basin Levee       Levee &            Parish         Lafourche      Louisiana - TBD
                      District      Conservation       Government         Levee
                                                                                          Cameron,
                                       District                          District
                                                                                         Vermilion, &
                                                                                            Iberia



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                             CPRA
GOCA              Formulate the comprehensive plan                        CORPS
       Integrate coastal restoration & hurricane protection efforts
                 Articulate clear statement of priorities
             Mandate comprehensive inspection program
         Coordinate & focus federal involvement in Louisiana
               Update the legislature on an annual basis
DNR              Overtake non compliant levee districts               Levee Boards




              CWPRRA                          DOTD




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