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February 2011
The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
In This Issue
Bayou Lafourche Update
ROR Site Visit

Sponsor Spotlight-

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

Terrebonne Parish has been supportive of our organization for many years, and we would like to thank Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet and the Parish Council for their renewed support in 2010!


Terrebonne Parish's Coastal Master Plan

Restore or Retreat Executive Committee


Mike Plaisance, President

Plaisance Dragline and Dredging


Ted Falgout, Vice President

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 Mora Dermatology

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
February 28, 8am
New Orleans Marriott
Draft Annual Plan Public Meeting
March 3, 6pm
Terrebonne Parish Government Towers
Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection
March 10, 9am
State Library, Baton Rouge
March 16, 9:30am
Houma (Location TBA)
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Dear Restore or Retreat Supporter,
Our goal for 2011 is to bring you the most current coastal news, faster, and to save valuable resources at the same time by better utilizing our e-newsletter, The Conveyance Online.  We hope you enjoy the new style!

Thank You to Our 2010 Supporters!

As a 501(c)3, nearly all of our funding comes from individuals and businesses in the community


Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

Greater Lafourche Port Commission


The Peltier Foundation



Bollinger Foundation





Capital One

Calliouet Land Corp, Inc.

Kinsey Interests, Inc.


To see Bronze and Associate Supporters, please click here.

Bayou Lafourche Project Progresses

Due to contractor cost-savings, the project was able to dredge further down the bayou than originally planned


Bayou Lafourche
Contractors work near Donaldsonville to remove material from the bayou

Contractors are over 60% complete on the project, and have done so in only 40% of the time allotted.  The contractor had determined the initial bid surveys and sediment estimates were overestimated, and less sediment was being removed than what was initial bid.  This provided a cost-savings of roughly $3 million, and a change order was approved by BLFWD to lengthen the project area.  Over 266,000 cubic feet of material has been removed to date.

Coastal Chat with Dr. Denise Reed

ROR's Technical Advisor, Dr. Denise Reed, traveled to The Netherlands in the fall with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and a delegation of federal, state, and levee district officials.  The group toured coastal areas, examined Dutch flood protection measures and witnessed Dutch efforts to integrate coastal resources with metropolitan living.  Dr. Reed shared a few lessons learned in this edition of Coastal Chat.

Q: What was the focus of the fact-gathering trip to The Netherlands?

A: The focus was to explore the way the Dutch have organized themselves on local and national levels to manage both the value and the threat posed by the water that surrounds them.  Here is Louisiana, this is a critical issue to which we can really relate, and what we saw was eye-opening.  Personally, I was fascinated by how the daily life of the Dutch is so integrated with their river and ocean resources, and how technical considerations are used very effectively to support coastal protection decisions.
To read the entire Coastal Chat, click here.

ROR Field Visit


ROR Group
ROR Executive Committee members and ROR Technical Advisor Dr. Denise Reed recently visited several restoration sites in the Terrebonne Basin.  This site is the replacement of the Brady Canal Weir, being completed under the CWPPRA project "Penchant Basin Natural Resources Plan" (TE-34).  
Shoreline Project
Dredging crews work to repair the fragile southern shoreline of Lake DeCade.  This shoreline work is also a CWPPRA project, "South Lake DeCade Project" (TE-39.)  On this project, Apache is paying the State's 15% cost share of construction.  On both projects, NRCS is the federal sponsor and is paying 85% of the cost, as per the cost share agreement with all CWPPRA projects.


Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!  We are looking forward to another great year in 2011.

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.