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[121 STAT. 1272]
[121 STAT. 1272]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 1272

PUBLIC LAW 110–114—NOV. 8, 2007 (E) other relevant reports as determined by the Secretary. (f) REPORTS TO CONGRESS.— (1) INITIAL REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report containing the comprehensive plan. (2) UPDATES.—Not later than 5 years after the date of submission of a report under paragraph (1), and at least once every 5 years thereafter until implementation of the comprehensive plan is complete, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report containing an update of the plan and an assessment of the progress made in implementing the plan.


(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may carry out a program for ecosystem restoration, Louisiana Coastal Area, Louisiana, substantially in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers, dated January 31, 2005. (b) PRIORITIES.— (1) IN GENERAL.—In carrying out the program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority to— (A) any portion of the program identified in the report described in subsection (a) as a critical restoration feature; (B) any Mississippi River diversion project that— (i) will protect a major population area of the Pontchartrain, Pearl, Breton Sound, Barataria, or Terrebonne basins; and (ii) will produce an environmental benefit to the coastal Louisiana ecosystem; (C) any barrier island, or barrier shoreline, project that— (i) will be carried out in conjunction with a Mississippi River diversion project; and (ii) will protect a major population area; (D) any project that will reduce storm surge and prevent or reduce the risk of loss of human life and the risk to public safety; and (E) a project to physically modify the Mississippi RiverGulf Outlet and to restore the areas affected by the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet in accordance with the comprehensive plan to be developed under section 7002(a) and consistent with sections 7006(c)(1)(A) and 7013. SEC. 7004. COASTAL LOUISIANA ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION AND RESTORATION TASK FORCE.

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(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established a task force to be known as the Coastal Louisiana Ecosystem Protection and Restoration Task Force (in this section referred to as the ‘‘Task Force’’). (b) MEMBERSHIP.—The Task Force shall consist of the following members (or, in the case of the head of a Federal agency, a designee of the head of the agency at the level of Assistant Secretary or an equivalent level): (1) The Secretary. (2) The Secretary of the Interior. (3) The Secretary of Commerce. (4) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (5) The Secretary of Agriculture.

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