Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program operates under the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). The CCMP was developed through consensus by the Management Conference, a partnership of all the stakeholders of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex including government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests and individuals. A formal management plan with specific action plans was developed to promote and preserve the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex. This document is outlined below for online browsing.
CCMP Part I: Executive Summary
The primary goal of the Executive Summary is to provide stakeholders with a succinct, abbreviated description of the program.
CCMP Part II: Estuary Compact
The Estuary Compact is the public agreement between the BTNEP Management Conference and the public, outlining how the estuary program would operate to promote visions, goals, and public education to protect the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex.
CCMP Part III: The Technical Supplement
The Technical Supplement is arguably the most important element of the CCMP, as it consists of the detailed actions recommended by the Management Conference. It reflects the broad base of involvement and support that have characterized the effort over the years, the vast array of problems which face the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex, and the comprehensive approach needed to address them.
The 51 action plans in the CCMP Part III: The Technical Supplement are broken down into 4 broad categories:
Once the comprehensive management plan was approved by the EPA and adopted by the State of Louisiana, an organizational structure was established for the implementation of the program. These action plans include tasks for the day to day activities, such as distributing information to the public and making policy decisions regarding the prioritization of major initiatives. The following action plans describe how these tasks are handled and how the other plans are completed. Click here to browse Coordinated Planning and Implementation Action Plans.
The ecological management action plans directly address the Priority Problems identified for the estuary. As such, they are considered by many to be the most important elements of the CCMP. The plans are categorized as Habitat Management, actions which address the issues of water and sediment flows, habitat loss, and marsh protection; Water Quality, actions which identify water quality problems and protect water resources; Living Resources, actions which address problems associated with the plant and animal life of the estuary; and Accessible and Compatible Data Sets, actions which address the need for a centralized accessible body of scientific information about the estuary and its problems. Click here to browse Ecological Management Action Plans.
The actions included in this section do more than any other plans to increase public awareness for the estuary's importance and problems, and to encourage residents, users, and decision makers to become more involved in the promotion and protection of the estuary as a national treasure. The plans are categorized as Citizen Involvement and Participation actions, which encourage the involvement of the general public in the estuary's protection; Public Information and Education actions, which educate the public about estuary issues; and K-16 Curriculum actions, which develop and support an estuary based educational program to be used in the state's school system from kindergarten through college. Click here to browse Sustained Recognition and Citizen Involvement Action Plans.
The Economic Growth action plans were developed to encourage the growth of businesses that are more sensitive to the fragile environment. Industries, such as nature-based tourism, which has a tremendous potential in this estuary, will benefit from the resources of the estuary. The plans are categorized as Economic Development actions, which support additional develop additional development of businesses; Technology Transfer actions, which promote ecologically sensitive technology; and Cooperative Incentives actions, which encourage environmentally compatible practices through incentives and education. Click here to browse Economic Growth Action Plans
CCMP Part IV: The Appendix
The purpose of The Appendix is to provide additional required plan components that are not contained in The Estuary Compact, The Technical Supplement, or The Executive Summary. In aggregate, these three publications, in conjunction with this, The Appendix, contain either portions or all of the sections necessary for CCMP approval. In cases where the required document was too lengthy to incorporate into The Appendix, only the summary portions of the document are provided, with notes indicating that a more thorough examination of the topic can be located in the complete document available from BTNEP.