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May 2011
The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
In This Issue
Rising River Links
ROR Meets with NOAA Director
ROR in the News
Bayou Dupont Site Visit

Sponsor Spotlight: 

Bollinger Shipyards 

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Family owned and operated since 1946, Bollinger Shipyards specializes in new construction, repair and conversion of a wide variety of military and commercial offshore and inland vessels. Bollinger currently operates 12 shipyards and 32 dry docks throughout South Louisiana and Texas, with unrestricted access to the central Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River.


Bollinger Shipyards has a proud and long-established reputation of integrity as a leader in the shipbuilding industry; a reputation emanating from the success of the company's management team in creating a workforce dedicated to the principles of continuous improvement.


Bollinger has been a supporter of Restore or Retreat since its inception, and Executive Vice President and Corporate Vice President Charlotte Bollinger has been a ROR Executive Committee member since 2000, serving both as President and Vice-President and hosting the group's annual fall fundraiser, Barnstorming.  We are truly grateful for all of their support.

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


Monday, June 6

Coastal Day at the Louisiana Legislature


Wednesday, June 8

9:30am- CWPPRA Task Force Meeting, Lafayette


Wednesday, June 15

9:30am- CPRA, Baton Rouge


Wednesday, July 13

9am- Governor's Advisory Commission, Baton Rouge


 Wednesday, July 20

9:30am- CPRA, Baton Rouge

River Information


America's Wetland Resources: A history of the Miss and Atch Rivers, as well as the Morganza and Bonnet Carre Spillways, complete with illustrations and pictures from previous floods.


USGS Real-Time Water DataInformation includes stream velocity, temperature, stream level, salinity, and discharge for the Davis Pond diversion, GIWW in Larose (to gauge influence of Atchafalaya), Bonnet Carre, and many more locations. 


Find Your Elevation- Just type in your physical address, and this interactive map will allow you to view your ground elevation levels. 

Quick Links
This spring has proven yet again there is never a dull moment in coastal Louisiana.  Throughout it all, Restore or Retreat is grateful for your support and appreciates the opportunity to keep you posted on our activities through our e-newsletter.  We hope you had a great holiday weekend, and have a safe and happy summer!
Restore or Retreat

ROR Meets with NOAA Director

Restore or Retreat participated in a Gulf Coast Alliance Roundtable with NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco 

Dr. Jane Lubchenco


ROR recently participated in the US Chamber of Commerce and Gulf Coast Alliance's roundtable discussion with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to discuss community resiliency and disaster preparedness in the Gulf region. 


The event was held Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Regional Transportation Management Center in New Orleans. 


This roundtable discussion was a chance to engage in a dialogue with the NOAA Administrator about concerns and opportunities related to protecting, sustaining and increasing the economic and environmental resiliency of the region.  Dr. Lubchenco was keenly interested in hearing from public and private sector leaders on the efforts they are undertaking to protect, sustain and increase the economic, environmental and cultural vitality of the region as well as the information and services they need to support their efforts.


"Our discussion brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, all of whom care deeply about the Gulf Region," said Dr. Lubchenco in a follow-up email to the group.  "We will continue to look for opportunities to partner with regional stakeholders to prepare for natural disasters and build communities that are both economically and environmentally resilient."

ROR in the News


Once again, our region received much national attention due to the Mississippi River flooding, and ROR was contacted by several local and national news outlets to discuss how the rising river relates to restoring our area.  Here are a few links to those articles, and others featuring ROR Technical Director Dr. Denise Reed:


New Course for the Mississippi- Washington Post 

Could Flooding Restore Coast?- Houma Courier

Wetlands Need Sediment from MS River-

Panel Discusses Solutions for Coastal Erosion- Plaquemines Gazette

ROR Visits Bayou Dupont Project Site

Members from the Restore or Retreat Executive Committee, along with representatives from Terrebonne Parish and Senator Mary Landrieu's office visited the site of the 500+ acre site.


The Mississippi River Sediment Delivery System- Bayou Dupont (BA-39) project is located in the Barataria Basin within Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes, about 4 miles northwest of Myrtle Grove.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is the lead federal sponsor for this CWPPRA PPL 12 project, and as the local sponsor, LDNR Coastal Engineering Division performed the engineering and design services. Additional NOAA funds were acquired through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which would allow for an additional 80+ acres to be constructed.
The objective of the project was to create 493 acres of sustainable marsh, using the Mississippi River as its source.  The project began in April 2009 and was completed in March 2010, with vegetative plantings that followed. 
Bayou Dupont Before
Pre-project Aerial View.
Bayou Dupont 2
Approximately 2.7 million cubic yards of sandy material was used to construct three marsh creation areas.
Bayou Dupont 4
This is the first CWPPRA project to mine sediment from the Mississippi River to create marsh.
Simone Bayou Dupont
This pier now juts which one lead to open water now leads to vegetated marsh.
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.