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February 2012
The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
In This Issue
Master Plan Release
In the News
Restore or Retreat Executive Committee


Mike Plaisance, President

Plaisance Dragline and Dredging


Ted Falgout,VP

Ted M. Falgout and Associates


Robert Naquin, Treasurer

Capital One


Henri Boulet, Secretary

LA 1 Coalition


Tim Allen

Apache Louisiana Minerals


Charlotte Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards


Berwick Duval

Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell and Watkins


Dr. John J. Jones, Jr.

Jones Dermatology


February 24- 1:30pm

Oyster Advisory Committee



February 25-

Master Plan Comments Due

Quick Pics

ROR received a generous donation from the Fourchon Oilman's Association, who held a tremendous inaugural event!!
SCIA Director Jane Arnette and ROR ED Simone Maloz met with Congressman Scalise on a business trip to DC at the end of 2011.
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Master Plan Comment Deadline Draws Near

The plan is available at, and comments are due February 25.


2012 Master PlanAfter the devastating hurricanes of 2005, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 to combine hurricane protection and restoration efforts within the State, and asked the first-ever Master Plan for coastal Louisiana be crafted, which was completed in 2007.  To account for the dynamic nature of our coast, a five-year update of the plan was also established, and in early January, this five-year update was released.


The 2012 plan builds upon the conceptual nature of the 2007 plan by providing a more detailed suite of projects coastwide.  The selection of projects is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state's best scientists, as well as national and international specialists. The plan includes 145 "high performing" projects the State believes can deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades, with a price tag of $50 billion.


What is included, and not included, in the 2012 plan is critical to the future of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins.  Please invest in our community's future by reviewing the plan and providing comments to the State.


The public comment period ends on Saturday, February 25, and comments may be submitted:


via USPS: 

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana

450 Laurel Street, Suite 1200

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4027


via Email:


Contact OCPR: 225-342-4123


After February 25, the CPRA will continue to review and revise the plan as necessary.  The document will then be presented to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority at their March 21 meeting, and the final plan will be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature for their approval on March 26.

What others are saying about the plan


Master plan could change under public scrutiny- Courier (Houma)

They were right- Opinion, Courier

State plan is a place to start- Editorial, Courier

Coastal plan fails to impress- Tri-Parish Times

Take the long view on Louisiana's coastal restoration plan- Times-Picayune

Master plan forgets bayou communities, residents say- Courier

Master plan for coastal restoration gives hope- Opinion, Times-Picayune

Don't miss your chance- Guest Columnist, Courier

Master plan has few restoration options- Courier


In other news

Report: Sea level rise must be considered in projects: Courier

Wetland youth summit set for Saturday- Tri-Parish Times

Voice your opinion on (NRDA) restoration plan- Courier



Time is Running Out on the RESTORE ACT
This critical piece of legislation to dedicate 80% of Gulf Coast fines has stalled in Washington.


Under current law, BP and others responsible for the 2010 oil spill will pay a Clean Water Act (CWA) penalty for each barrel of oil spilled into the Gulf.   Without action from Congress, these fines will go to unrelated federal spending, instead of repairing the area damaged by the spill.


The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act, or RESTORE Act, creates an essential framework to manage and finance the Gulf Coast recovery. Using 80% of the CWA penalties from the Gulf oil disaster, the RESTORE Act establishes a trust account to restore both the economic and environmental health of the Gulf Coast.


Two official reports on the spill - one conducted by Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus, the other from the bipartisan National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling - recommended that CWA penalties be dedicated to Gulf Coast restoration.


Despite great efforts from the Louisiana delegation, the legislation has stalled in Congress, but there are two upcoming opportunities for passage before the election cycle begins full is more information on the RESTORE Act, and ways you can help:


RESTORE Act Summary

Vanishing Paradise- Make a Call for the Gulf

Women of the Storm Facebook Page with Senate contact info

Gulf Coast lawmakers push for RESTORE Act- Montgomery Advertiser

Cassidy Urges House Leadership to Support Louisiana's Coastal Restoration 

Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.