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Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings to Begin
As you know, one of the most critical things we can do to save our disappearing coast is reconnect the river to its wetlands and re-establish the natural processes that built the Mississippi River Delta. A powerful tool to accomplish this task is sediment diversions. Louisiana is currently in a federal process (NEPA) that precedes the potential construction of a sediment diversion and public participation is important. "Scoping" is an early part of the process and helps federal agencies determine what they need to study. It is often the best chance for the public to give meaningful input. Please consider attending one of the upcoming scoping meetings on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion listed below - this is a cornerstone project for restoring our coast and it impacts all of us!

Proposed Mid Barataria Diversion at MS River-- from CPRA
Scoping Meetings:
July 20-Lafitte Multipurpose Complex, 4917 City Park Drive, Lafitte

July 25-Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 LA-23, Belle Chasse

July 27-Port Sulphur Community Center, 311 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur

5pm - Open house; opportunity for the public to ask questions
5:30 - Presentation on the NEPA process for CPRA's proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project
6pm - Open house re-opens, public submit scoping comments: This will happen one-on-one with a court reporter-- not in front of the entire audience.
8pm - Adjourn

Fact Sheets and Helpful Information:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Mid-Barataria Fact Sheet
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Key Initiatives: Diversion Program
Restoration Solutions: Sediment Diversions Fact Sheet- Restore the MS River Delta
FAQs on the NEPA Scoping Process: Environmental Law Institute

We hope you will consider attending! 
In the Field
ROR and our partners have been very busy this summer-- check out a few of the events and activities we have been participating in!

We had a great trip out to Whiskey Island, one of the latest barrier islands to be restored by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority  using dollars set aside  from the damages to natural resources during the 2010 oil spill.   Thank you to Terrebonne Parish for the invite and Terrebonne Levee District  for the ride!

Greater Lafourche Port Commission, along with Restore or Retreat, hosted Congressional staffers from five of Louisiana's delegation offices for "Coastal 101" and site visit to Elmer's Island to view the Caminada project and Port Fourchon-- we had a great day and look forward to doing it again soon!

Restore or Retreat hosted their Annual Meeting at Nicholls State University at the end of May.  Justin Ehrenwerth, the new CEO of the Water Institute of the Gulf, was the guest speaker and shared his thoughts on his new vision and direction for the applied research institution. 

Terrebonne Parish hosted their inaugural Coastal Day in June, and it was a huge success with over 700 people visiting the Civic Center throughout the day! 

ROR congratulated Terrebonne Parish and Terrebonne Levee District on the success of their event in a Letter to the Editor, and we look forward to participating in future events!

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Wed, Jul 19: CPRA Monthly Board Meeting, Chalmette High Cultural Arts Center

Thurs, July 20- Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings, Lafitte Multipurpose Complex

Tues, July 25- Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings, Belle Chasse Auditorium

Wed, July 26- LA SAFE Lafourche Parish-wide, Mathews Government Complex

Thurs, July 27- Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings, Port Sulphur Community Center

Tues, August 1- LA SAFE Terrebonne Parish-wide Meeting, Terrebonne Civic Center

Wed, August 2- LA SAFE Jefferson Parish-wide Meeting, Mel Ott Recreation Center, Belle Chasse 

Wed, Aug 16: CPRA Monthly Board Meeting, Morgan City Municipal Auditorium

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