The latest coastal news, events and more from the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins
January 2020
As we enter into 2020 and begin to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we want to start the year off right by thanking all of our devoted members and partners for your continued support to help restore our irreplaceable region.

We look forward to another year of the same great work and more .

Warm Greetings,
Restore or Retreat Board of Directors and Staff
State releases annual spending plan; largest in its history
Learn more about the projects planned in Houma, NOLA and Lake Charles
Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority released its annual spending plan for the upcoming year in December, and at $958 million, it is the largest plan in the coastal program's history. Click here for a one-pager on the Annual Plan from CPRA.

Plan highlights include: $718 million in construction funding; 60 active construction projects; and
13 active coastal restoration/hurricane protection projects in the Bayou Region through 2021.

Learn more about projects in the Bayou Region in the Annual Plan here from Houma Today.

Draft Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Plan – Public Hearings
5:30 p.m. Open House, 6:00 p.m. Presentations, 7:00 p.m. Public Comments

New Orleans – Monday, Jan 6, 2020
Lake Front Airport
601 Stars and Stripes Blvd

Houma – Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
Houma Terrebonne Civic Center
346 Civic Center Boulevard
Meeting Room 1

Lake Charles – Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020
Lake Charles Civic Center
Jean Lafitte Room
900 Lakeshore Drive

Written comments will be accepted until February 15, 2020 by emailing , or by regular mail to CPRA DRAFT FY 2021 Annual Plan, 150 Terrace Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Catch up with the coast with Delta Dispatches
Did you know ROR participates in a weekly coastal radio show and podcast?
What happens when a Theriot and an Hebert walk into a radio station? Each week, Restore or Retreat Executive Director Simone Theriot Maloz and Jacques P. Hebert, Communications Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, team up to co-host a weekly radio show, “Delta Dispatches,” to discuss Louisiana’s coast, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.

Past guests have included Governor John Bel Edwards, Congressman Garret Graves, CPRA Chairman Chip Kline, state representatives, economists, and more, and topics have included future leaders in coastal restoration, project updates, and covering Louisiana's wild weather. To catch up on past shows, click here.

Catch the show live every Thursday at 5:00pm on 990AM or subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play. The show is also part of the American Shoreline Podcast Network, and you can sign up for their daily coastal news blast here .
ICYMI: CPRA soliciting new project ideas for development of the 2023 Coastal Master Plan
Anyone can participate in the science-based, publicly informed plan for our coast
From CPRA...  The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is accepting project ideas that Louisiana citizens, governmental bodies, and concerned organizations would like to see evaluated and considered for possible inclusion in the next Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast that will be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature in 2023.

New projects can be proposed by any source, including academia, parishes, elected officials, agencies, NGOs, landowners, business/industry, and the general public. Emphasis should be on projects that continue to provide benefit in the face of sea level rise and subsidence without continued maintenance, those that make a contribution to maintaining estuarine gradients in future decades, and those that provide storm surge-based risk reduction at the community or regional scale. Please see the New Project Development Program Guidelines and Criteria  here .
All proposals must be delivered electronically, in PDF format, to  or mailed to the 2023 Coastal Master Plan Project Development Program at P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70804 and received by February 14, 2020
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Draft Fiscal Year 2021 CPRA Annual Plan – Public Hearings
5:30 p.m. - Open House; 6:00 p.m. Presentation
Mon, Jan 6 -- NOLA Lake Front Airport
Tue, Jan 7 -- Houma Terrebonne Civic Center
Wed, Jan 8 -- Lake Charles Civic Center

State of the Coast
January 10 -- Abstracts Due

CRCL Coastal Stewardship Awards
January 13 -- Nominations due for categories including lifetime achievement; coastal stewardship; youth coastal stewardship; and Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon oil spill response

Draft Fiscal Year 2021 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan – Public Hearing
5:30 p.m. - Open House; 6:00 p.m. Presentation
Tue, Jan 14 --Bayou Sorrel Library
Thu, Jan 16 -- Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board Meeting
Wed, Jan 15 -- 9:30 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 5
Achieving comprehensive coastal restoration since 2000
Restore or Retreat is a non-profit coastal advocacy group created by coastal Louisiana residents and stakeholders who recognize that the Barataria and Terrebonne basins are the two most rapidly eroding estuaries on earth, and that this erosion represents an economic and ecological crisis. With a growing membership businesses and individuals, ROR seeks to identify and expedite the implementation of aggressive, large-scale restoration projects to protect this irreplaceable region.
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