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July 2011
The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
In This Issue
Bayou Region Coastal Funds Announced
Important Meeting Notice
In the News

Member Spotlight: 


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ConocoPhillips is the largest private owner of wetlands in the United States, with approximately 630,000 acres of marshland spread across seven Louisiana coastal parishes. ConocoPhillips also operates two refineries in Louisiana, both of which process about 250,000 barrels per day. The Alliance refinery is located just south of Belle Chasse, and the Lake Charles refinery is located in the town of Westlake. In addition, the company has exploration field offices in Houma, Lafayette and Minden. Total Louisiana employees are about 1300.


ConocoPhillips has been a generous supporter of ROR for years, and have been actively involved with our priority projects as well.  We are grateful for their support of Louisiana's coast and of our organization.

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


Tuesday, July 26

BBBS Public Meeting

Port Sulphur


Wednesday, July 27

Myrtle Grove Stakeholders Meeting

Belle Chasse Library


Thursday, July 28

BBBS Public Meeting

South Lafourche High School


Monday, August 1 

Bayou Industrial Group

Speaker: ROR and Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish on Regional Restoration Priorities


Click here to RSVP.


Tuesday, August 3

ROR/NWF Restoration Summit



CPRA 2012 Master Plan Meetings

Aug 9- Larose

August 10- Chauvin

August 11- Morgan City

Quick Links

Governor Announces Coastal Funds for Bayou Region
Last week, the Governor came to Thibodaux to announce funding for restoration priorities in Terrebonne and Lafourche

Bayou Lafourche Donaldsonville
Pre-Project Bayou Lafourche in Donaldsonville

From Nicholls State University, Governor Jindal announced $60 million in coastal projects, most of which, would benefit the irreplaceable Bayou Region.


Using under-budget and reprogrammed funds from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, or CIAP, the Governor announced funding for the the following projects:

  • $20 million for Bayou Lafourche to improve current pumping power and to enhance channel capacity
  • $3.3 million for water-control structures near Falgout Canal as part of the Morganza to the Gulf protection system
  • $750,000 for the advancement of a Terrebonne Parish project to convey sediment from the Atchafalaya into much-needed parts of the parish
  • $5 million to study improved management of fresh water, nutrients and land-building sediment resources in the lower Mississippi River while maintaining navigation
  •  $4 million for the Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative, which will work to conserve coastal forests that help slow erosion and decrease storm surge.
  •  $26.5 million will help build up to 21 miles of bio-engineered oyster reef along fringe marsh in St. Bernard Parish, with $2.5 million will be used for shoreline protection in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish.

The Coastal Impact Assistance Program or CIAP was established by Section 384 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to help producing states and their coastal parishes to mitigate impacts from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas production. Of the nearly $500 million allocated for Louisiana, the state received 65 percent of those funds and the parishes received 35 percent. 


Louisiana has been praised by many on the local, state, and federal level for their aggressive and wise planning and use of these funds.  To date, many notable projects will be or have already been constructed using these funds, including: LA 1 from Fourchon to Leeville, Barataria Long Distance Sediment Pipeline, Caminada Headlands, and East Grand Terre.


To read the Courier's article on the announcement, click here .

Important Notice: 2012 Master Plan Public Meetings Planned

The CPRA will begin hosting public meetings in July, which will last until September, to get feedback from the public to help them craft the five year update to the State's Master Plan for restoration and protection.


After the devastating hurricanes of 2005, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 to combine hurricane protection and restoration efforts within the State, and asked that the first-ever Master Plan for coastal Louisiana be crafted.  The 2007 Master Plan established planning objectives for implementing coastal protection and restoration projects, and identified large-scale measures needed to achieve a sustainable coast.  This groundbreaking document was a conceptual document and was not intended to address all the numerous complex issues that coastal Louisiana faces.  To accommodate the dynamic nature of coastal processes, an update of the plan is required every five years that must be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature for approval. 


With the 2012 update deadline drawing near, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has announced a series of regional community meetings to share information about Louisiana's updated 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Over the next few months, the State will be developing the draft plan, so now is the time to come offer your ideas and learn about the state's work.   Please "Support the Solution" and be part of the process because hard choices will have to be made to secure the future of Louisiana's coast, which affects us all.

JULY 28 - Thursday

St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


AUGUST 09 - Tuesday

Larose Civic Center

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


AUGUST 10 - Wednesday

Ward 7 Community Center, Chauvin

6:00pm Open House

7:00pm Meeting


AUGUST 11 - Thursday

Morgan City Auditorium

5:00pm Open House



AUGUST 23 - Tuesday

Vermillion Parish Library, Abbeville Branch

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


AUGUST 24 - Wednesday

Belle Chasse Auditorium

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


AUGUST 30 - Tuesday

St Tammany Parish Public Library, Slidell Branch

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


AUGUST 31 - Wednesday

Lake Charles Civic Center, Contraband Room

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting


SEPTEMBER 01 - Thursday

Westbank Regional Public Library, Harvey

5:00pm Open House

5:30pm Meeting



We hope you will consider attending-Restore or Retreat will be there for sure.  For more information or questions about the Master Plan, please email [email protected]  or go to To download the meeting notice flyer, click here

In the News


Coastal Lawmakers Seek BP Fine Money - Advocate 

Joined by both Republican and Democratic colleagues from the Gulf Coast, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA) introduced legislation that calls for dedicating at least 8- percent of BP fine money from the Deepwater Horizon spill to the Gulf Coast states.

Click here  for a one-pager on the bill from Senator Landrieu's office.


Former Levee Director Takes top Coastal Job - Daily Comet

Louisiana Lawmakers Fight to Keep Coastal Dollars - Houma Courier

House Defeats Amendment to Fund LA Ecosystem Work- Times Pic

$533 Million In BP Coastal Projects Announced- Houma Courier

Diversion Project in the Works- Houma Courier

Caminada Shoreline Project Ready to Go- Times Pic

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.