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May 2012
The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
In This Issue
Master Plan Approved
Save the Date!
Locals Honored
In Other 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


June 6

Governor's Advisory Commission

Galvez Building, BR


CPEX Best Practices Workshop

Terrebonne Library



June 13

Greater Lafourche Port Commission

Port Admin, Galliano


June 20 and June 21

New Coastal Zone Boundary

Public Meeting




June 25-27

State of the Coast Conference

Morial Convention Center, New Orleans


July 18




July 19

Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment


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2012 Master Plan Approved by Louisiana Legislature

The $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana has passed the state Legislature.

Master Plan Final

Legislature passes coastal plan- Associated Press


Louisiana House approves 50-year plan for restoring coast- The Times-Picayune


2012 Coastal master plan aims to stem tide of Louisiana land loss- WWL TV


To view the State's Master Plan and Annual Plan, click here.

Save the Date: 

 Rebuilding Our Economy,

 Restoring Our Environment 


Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana


Sponsored by

Coast Builders Coalition, Oxfam America, and The Nature Conservancy


Hosted by Restore or Retreat


Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment:

How the Emerging Restoration Economy Offers New and Expanded Opportunities for Gulf Coast Businesses and Communities


As local, state and federal governments plan for protection, restoration and renewal of the Gulf Coast, new opportunities will arise for economic growth. You can take part in this critical moment in Louisiana's future. 


Please join us for a workshop that will convene leaders from industry, government and community organizations in Louisiana for a lively and insightful discussion of the ways that coastal restoration projects can benefit workers, industries and communities. Together, we can create a stronger economy, more jobs and a healthier environment.


Join us for a chance to:

  • Learn about the resources available to help businesses train and develop the workforce necessary for profitable engagement in the restoration economy.
  • Hear about current coastal restoration projects along the Gulf Coast and the economic benefits they bring to everyone.
  • Bring your valuable business perspective on how to promote green infrastructure projects, train workers and create jobs along Louisiana's coast.
  • Connect with the people who can help you tap into new opportunities: the funds, the training and the workers.

Additional information, agenda and invitations to follow.


For more information:

Avalyn Taylor
The Nature Conservancy

Locals Honored for Achievements 

The America's WETLAND Foundation will honor two locals at their America's Energy Coast Forum in New Orleans
W. Clifford Smith

The America's WETLAND Foundation will honor W. Clifford Smith and the Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) with its Lifetime Achievement and Special Achievement Awards at their America's Energy Coastal Leadership Forum, held in New Orleans on May 29-30.


W. Clifford Smith, Chairman of the Board of T. Baker Smith LLC and Mississippi River Commissioner, has long been a coastal protection advocate and a continuous supporter of Restore or Retreat.  Under his direction, he instituted environmental services at T. Baker Smith and became a leader in flood protection issues such as floodgates, pump stations, levees and coastal erosion. Since 1998, Mr. Smith has also served as a member- designee of the Mississippi River Commission, established by Congress is 1879 to provide water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress, and the Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. 


BISCO's mission is to build a powerful, multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization that serves as a voice for the people of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes in southeastern Louisiana, as well as Grand Isle in Southern Jefferson Parish. Valsin Marmillion, Managing Director of the America's WETLAND Foundation said BISCO was chosen because of their efforts to alert Congress on the RESTORE Act.  "[The] work on behalf of Gulf Coast communities has meant that so many people have been represented by your voices and action, and we are indeed pleased to highlight [their] work and that of so many for coastal communities in this way." 

In Other News


Lingering oil complicates restoration- Daily Comet


Oil spill fines targeted for coastal restoration, protection- The Times Picayune


USDA to spend $32 million on wetlands, water quality projects in Mississippi River Basin- The Republic


Coastal-zone changes coming for local parishes- Houma Courier


Louisianans seek mitigation reform- The Tri-Parish Times


$95 million Bayou Lafourche plan to be released soon- Houma Courier


What's in your drinking water?- Houma Courier

Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.