|Restore or Retreat Executive Committee|
Mike Plaisance, President
Plaisance Dragline and Dredging
Ted M. Falgout and Associates
Robert Naquin, Treasurer
Henri Boulet, Secretary
LA 1 Coalition
Apache Louisiana Minerals
Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell and Watkins
Dr. John J. Jones, Jr.
CPEX Smart Growth
Baton Rouge, LA
BTNEP Management Conference
USACE-NGO Partner Meeting
Thibodaux Community Visioning and Zoning Update
Leadership Lafourche Applications Due
Bayou Industrial Group
Greater Lafourche Port Commission
South Central Industrial Association
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Belle Chasse, LA
Governor's Advisory Commission
Save the Date!!
Restore or Retreat's
11th Annual Barnstorming
to Save Our Coast
Thursday, October 18, 2012
More details coming soon!
ROR Works with DC for RESTORE Answers
At the beginning of the month, Restore or Retreat (ROR) Executive Director Simone Maloz traveled to Washington, DC, seeking answers to the many questions concerning the future implementation of the RESTORE Act, the federal legislation which dedicated 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties to five Gulf Coast states.
Maloz was able to meet with Senator Vitter, as well as staff from Senator Landrieu and Congressman Scalise and Cassidy's offices. All were optimistic about the significant investment Congress has made in the Gulf Coast states impacted by the 2010 spill, but agree many questions remain. While in DC, Maloz was also able to attend an NGO reception honoring Senator Landrieu and others who were instrumental in the bills passage.
Maloz will take the specifics learned to continue to work with the local parishes, State, federal delegation, and fellow NGOs to ensure the RESTORE funds are used in the most efficient and effective way possible for our irreplaceable region.
More RESTORE news:
RESTORE Coalition Formed
ROR joins other coastal advocates to promote fine money dedication to the coast.
Congressman Steve Scalise, House sponsor of the RESTORE Act, and several leaders in the fight to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands and marshes are launching the RESTORE coalition to ensure fine money directed towards Louisiana is spent directly on coastal restoration projects and not on unrelated spending. Executive Director Simone Maloz joins fellow RESTORE Coalition members:
- Garret Graves - Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
- John Barry - Author, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
- Steven Peyronnin - Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
- Anne Milling - Founder of Women of the Storm
- Mary Matalin - Board member, Water Institute of the Gulf
ROR will be sure to keep you updated on the work of the RESTORE Coalition!
Coalition wants RESTORE funds for restoration- Houma Courier
ROR Hosts Water Institute Gathering
ROR has several connections to the newly formed Water Institute of the Gulf.
|Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat|
In early August, Restore or Retreat invited stakeholders from the Bayou Region to a luncheon to introduce them to Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat, President of the newly created The Water Institute of the Gulf, to hear about the institute's innovative work firsthand which will be undoubtedly beneficial to our area.
Invitees included the ROR Executive Committee, state delegation, parish presidents and coastal zone directors, and levee district directors, as well as other community stakeholders.
Those gathered learned about the exciting work of The Water Institute for the Gulf (TWIG.) The State has eluded TWIG will likely be the Louisiana "Center for Excellence" as part of the terms of the RESTORE Act, and the State plans to also utilize TWIG heavily to implement their comprehensive master plan. TWIG will also be available to partner with other organizational interest, such as levee and water districts. For more information on the Water Institute, click here.
|ROR Offers NSU Scholarship
ROR continues scholarship offer to NSU students who are passionate about coastal issues.
The purpose of this scholarship is to empower a student to make a meaningful contribution of his or her services to restoration projects that help to protect or restore this region. The value of the scholarship is $500 per semester. The student may retain this scholarship for a maximum of eight semesters, provided he or she meets all below criteria.
- The recipient will be enrolled at Nicholls State University as a full time student carrying fourteen or more semester hours. Graduate students are also welcome to apply.
- The recipient will have demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- Interested candidates should submit a short essay (750 words or less) on "Why Saving Coastal Louisiana is Important." The Executive Committee of Restore or Retreat shall review essays and recommend the top candidates to the university scholarship committee for their final approval.
- The recipient will commit to a minimum of eight (8) hours of service learning that involves his or her engagement in coastal restoration. The student may achieve this by working with faculty or students in the Nicholls marine biology program or with staff members of either Restore or Retreat or other approved organization. The student will document his or her work and have it certified by an appropriate authority.
- The recipient will submit a report on his or her accomplishments to the executive committee at the end of each semester. Failure to do so or failure to meet any other criteria for the scholarship will result in termination of the scholarship.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in applying, please contact NSU's Financial Aid/University Scholarships office at 985.448.4411.
Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!
Restore or Retreat, Inc.