Garret Graves is currently the Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.
The CPRA was established after Hurricane Katrina as the state agency leading hurricane protection, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other community resiliency efforts. His efforts to restructure and streamline Louisiana’s coastal programs and agencies resulted in increasing project output by more than 500 percent. The authority currently oversees a $17 billion coastal resiliency, hurricane protection and oil spill recovery program.
In his role as Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities, Graves is Governor Bobby Jindal’s advisor on policy issues related to offshore energy, fisheries, maritime and other uses and conservation of coastal resources.
Prior to joining the State of Louisiana, Graves served as an advisor to Senator John Breaux, Congressman Billy Tauzin, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Most recently, he was the Staff Director of the Climate Change and Impacts Subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he worked with Chairmen Ted Stevens, David Vitter and other senators. During this time, he advised Members of Congress on energy, environment, water resources, transportation, maritime, defense, trade, foreign affairs, and budget issues.
Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Graves was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force where he was elected to serve as Vice Chair to Chair Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on long-term recovery and resiliency efforts. Graves is lead trustee for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and directs the state’s oil spill recovery efforts. In this capacity, Graves collaborated with BP, federal agencies and Gulf States to negotiate an unprecedented $1 billion agreement for early restoration oil spill recovery projects in the gulf.
What difference has a decade made?
Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.
The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center
The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.
LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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