July 2016

The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
Restore or Retreat Executive Committee
Mike Plaisance,

 Plaisance Dragline and Dredging


Ted Falgout, VP

Ted M. Falgout and Associates


Robert Naquin, Treasurer

Latter and Blum 


Henri Boulet, Secretary

LA 1 Coalition


Tim Allen

Apache Louisiana Minerals


Charlotte Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards


Chett Chiasson

Greater Lafourche Port Commission


Berwick Duval

Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell and Watkins

Governor's Advisory Commission
Wed, August 3-- 10am
Algiers Library

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Wed, August 17-- 9:30am
Lake Charles
In the News
State Coastal Plan Keeps the Focus
Quick Links
ROR's combined annual meeting and coastal workshop provide advantage
Businesses and industry leaders spent a day with ROR, CPRA, and other coastal stakeholders learning how to take advantage of this growing  business   opportunity

Business and industry once again teamed up with ROR to help our region better prepare for the growing business opportunities related to coastal restoration.

With guest speakers ranging from local officials to industry leaders to Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Johnny Bradberry, attendees were able to garner a wealth of knowledge on how restoring our coast can help restore our economy as well. 

The morning also included a briefing on the State of the Water Management Sector by GNO, Inc. and the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign, and how these restoration opportunities are providing great economic benefits to our communities.  Later, the morning panel discussion featured leaders from the CPRA's Implementation Team who updated participants on the State's Annual Plan and 2017 Master Plan, and "How to do Business with the CPRA." 
Other speakers and panelists for the workshop included Dr. Bruce Murphy of Nicholls State University, CPRA members, coastal industry leaders, and senior officials from regional levee and freshwater districts, as well as Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish governments.
The event, presented by ROR Platinum Member Chevron, ended with technical updates and breakout sessions on CPRA's 2017 Master Plan, Interactive Project Map and Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer, and sessions on bonding and business financing to detail business initiatives offered, to provide assistance to small businesses, and to educate on public bid law and contracting. 

For more information, including presentations from the workshop, click here
Support the Solution: Membership Renewal and Drive Happening Now
ROR's success is contingent upon support from people like YOU!  
Once a year, Restore or Retreat mails Annual Reports and membership notices to gather like-minded coastal advocates to support our mission, a mission that has stayed consistent for over 15 years:
Restore or Ret reat (ROR) 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 of businesses and individuals, ROR seeks to identify and expedite the implementation of aggressive, large-scale restoration projects to protect this irreplaceable region.

Without the support of our membership, ROR could not be the go-to restoration advocate our region. In our 16 years, we have accomplished together a tremendous amount of good for our coast. Below are some highlights:
  • Past success for the organization include initiating a $1 million reconnaissance level study for a major diversion in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. The study was used in multiple state and federal planning documents, and the information is still relevant in coastal projects.
  • ROR has also hosted numerous field trips for decision-makers and influential media to restoration areas and project sites such as the Davis Pond and Caernarvon freshwater diversions, Caminada Headlands, Bubba Dove Floodgate, Wax Lake Outlet and more.
  • ROR also hosts community gatherings throughout the year to educate the community and stakeholders on coastal issues. Past speakers for ROR events have included Senator Cassidy, Congressmen Scalise, Graves, and CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry.  
  • ROR participates in numerous local, state, and national coastal events and organizations, including Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, LSU College of the Coastal and Environment and SeaGrant Advisory Committees, and the Framework Development Team for the 2017 Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan, just to name a few.
  • ROR has also called for heightened state and federal attention to the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins through multiple planning efforts, including the State's Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan and post-spill planning efforts like the RESTORE Act implementation; Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARPP) through NRDA; and Gulf Benefit Fund of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Thank you to those who have supported ROR throughout the years!  And for those who are considering supporting our organization, check out more details on our work and join ROR on our website. 

In the Field
ROR was recently in DC, at the CPRA monthly board meeting,
and up in the air!   

ROR participated in a panel discussion for the "Natural Defenses in Action" report in Washington, DC. For more on the NWF report supported by Allied World,  click here.

ROR's John Lombardo and Simone Maloz accept a check from Stephen Peltier of the Bayou Community Foundation to support ROR's work to host 2017 Coastal Master Plan outreach meetings.

ROR presented to a packed house at the July CPRA Board meeting at Nicholls State in Thibodaux.

ROR's Simone Maloz provides project details from CPRA on what Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni will see from the air.

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis 
prepares to take to the skies with David Muth 
of the Restore the MS River Delta Coalition 
as part of a coastal flyover hosted by ROR.  
THANK YOU to our supporters who allow us to continue working daily to save this irreplaceable region!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director


John Lombardo

Outreach Coordinator