On Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm Bayou Grace and other community based organizations and nonprofits will join together to host a community meeting at the Dulac Community Center (125 Coast Guard Road, Dulac, LA) with representatives of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and State Representative Joe Harrison to discuss the 2012 Master Plan. Terrebonne Parish residents are all invited to attend, learn more and provide feedback on the planning process. The CPRA will begin unfolding the initial draft plan in January 2012.
According to their website, the CPRA was established as the single state entity with authority to articulate a clear statement of priorities and to focus development and implementation efforts to achieve comprehensive coastal protection forLouisiana. Because of that charge and the importance of the 2012 Master Plan document, which will lead those efforts into the future, Bayou Grace, the United Houma Nation, Dulac Community Center, and BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) are teaming together to ensure that the residents along the coastal communities of Terrebonne Parish are given the opportunity to learn more about the document, how it will impact them personally and their communities now and into the future.
Each of the organizations has a distinct target audience that each works with; however, on the issue of coastal protection and restoration, all of the groups share some commonalities – a love of the people impacted by the 2012 Master Plan. The United Houma Nation represents the over 5,000 tribal citizens who reside in Terrebonne parish, many living in the most coastal areas, and has concerns that the 2012 Master Plan may leave out traditional tribal communities that are considered “too expensive” to save or considered sacrificial communities. TheDulac Community Center has worked closely with the lower Dulac community to rebuild following each successive event disaster impacting the community there. Bayou Grace has worked closely with the bayou communities to ensure that their voice is heard in coastal plans. BISCO works closely with communities in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Jefferson to address issues that are of concern for the citizens – coastal restoration and protection remains at the top of that list.
This event is being coordinated to ensure that more citizens impacted have an opportunity to learn more about the 2012 Master Plan and provide input back to the CPRA representatives on how that plan is or isn’t reflective of the communities impacted.
Bayou Grace, Episcopal Community Services, and the Dulac Community Center are also hosting a dinner in conjunction with the meeting, which again will begin at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 2 at theDulac Community Center. For more information, please Bayou Grace at 985-594-5350.