|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.
ROR Hosts Field Trip to Wax Lake Outlet
Last month, ROR, along with their NGO partners the National Audubon Society and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, hosted an informational field trip for over 20 members of the local delegation, representatives of federal delegation, CPRA, media and other stakeholders to the Wax Lake Outlet of the Atchafalaya Delta.
The goal of the trip was to expose participants to the successful land building of the Wax Lake Outlet of the Atchafalaya to view the emergent marsh of this accidental delta.
With Dr. Denise Reed of the Water Institute of the Gulf taking the technical lead, the group was led to a brand "new" delta building area, where they were able to disembark and stand on the "new" United States. The group also viewed an area on the brink of emergence, as well as other healthy areas of the Outlet.
Check out a few more pics on ROR's Facebook page!
What is Wax Lake?
The Wax Lake Outlet is an artificial channel that was created by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 to divert 30 percent of the flow from the Atchafalaya River to the Gulf of Mexico and reduce flood stages at Morgan City, Louisiana. It receives 34 million tons of sediment per year, and in the 64 years between 1941 and 2005, Wax Lake was completely filled with sediment, and the delta prograded approximately 8 km into the sea. Because it was entirely created during an observable time-period and, other than the creation of the canal, was not altered by humans, it has often been in studies of deltaic formation. In the time since Hurricane Katrina, it has also served and as a model for delta regrowth in the Mississippi River Delta region in order to restore habitat and protect against storm surge.
ROR and NWF Host Second Summit for Regional Restoration
Restore or Retreat (ROR) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) hosted the "SECOND SUMMIT ON COASTAL RESTORATION IN LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE FOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS - Are we working "S.M.A.R.T"er?*" (*Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux on October 31. The two groups held an inaugural summit in 2011 in Terrebonne Parish, and wanted to continue to build upon its success.
"We were so pleased with the results of our first regional summit, we knew immediately we should host a follow-up summit," said Simone Maloz, Executive Director of Restore or Retreat. "We feel like once again we were able to connect our region with interested and influential organizations that can help us advance our mission to save our irreplaceable region."
The day began with NGO panelists, participants, and stakeholders hearing from CPRA Chair Garret Graves and CPRA Executive Director Jerome Zeringue on the future of the State and current plans to implement the 2012 Master Plan. Parish coastal representatives Archie Chaisson III and Nicholas Matherne relayed restoration and funding priorities of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, respectively. Lanor Curole of the United Houma Nation presented information on the "How Safe/How Soon?" program, and representatives of the CPRA and CPEX presented non-structural initiatives in the afternoon. The day was facilitated by the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Dr. Marco Cocito-Monoc, who is responsible for GNOF's environmental focus and regional programs.
The day concluded with NGO panelist offering an analysis of "S.M.A.R.T." common goals for restoration, as well as committing to specific and immediate actions to move projects forward.
|CPRA's Melanie Saucier presents on the State's non-structural program, while NWF's David Muth listens.|
WE ARE THANKFUL!!
ROR is grateful for another year of tremendous support from the community in support of our annual fundraiser!
Pelican and Heron Sponsors
Pizza Jac's Home Cooking
Advanced Eye Institute
Angelette - Picciola, LLC
Apache Louisiana Minerals
Galliano Marine Services
John Deere Thibodaux, Inc.
L&M Botruc Rental, Inc.
T. Baker Smith, LLC
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Ms. Phyllis Taylor
All South Consulting Engineers
Bayou Industrial Group
Bienvenu Foster Ryan & O'Bannon, LLC
Duplantis Design Group
Express Supply and Steel
Friends of Scott Angelle
Greater Lafourche Port Commission`
JP Morgan Chase
Lafourche Chamber of Commerce
Phylway Construction, LLC
Plaisance Dragline and Dredging Co.
South Lafourche Bank & Trust
The Shaw Group
America's Wetland Foundation
Block Law Firm
Drs Flynn Manceaux Arcement Pizzolato Thompson Porche
J. Wayne Plaisance, Inc.
Jerome "Dee" Richard, Louisiana State Representative
Michel H. Claudet, LLC
Moffatt and Nichol
Occupational Medicine Services, LLC
Parker Marine Services
Picciola and Associates
South Louisiana Bank
Southern Guard Service
Ashley Barrios State Farm
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Stokes
Ted M. Falgout & Associates
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Triche
Scalise, ROR call for wise use of RESTORE funds
New Orleans, La. -Congressman Steve Scalise and several leaders in the fight to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands and marshes joined together today at a press conference in the Cabildo off of Jackson Square, to ensure that RESTORE Act funds are used for coastal restoration.
"The signing of the RESTORE Act into law is without a doubt the single most significant action taken to restore our coast in Louisiana's history, and we must not let these funds be squandered," Scalise said. "Over the years, Louisiana has had a number of windfalls come in, only to have that money squandered and misspent. We cannot allow history to repeat itself this time, and we will not be given a mulligan when it comes to restoring our coast. Either we use this money directly towards coastal restoration, or we accept the fact that in 30 or 40 years, Louisiana as we know it could cease to exist.
"The largest land acquisition project in the history of the United States took place here at the Cabildo more than 200 years ago, and today we have the opportunity to make that kind of history again by ensuring that these funds go towards the largest land reclamation project in our history. Our coast makes up the very fabric of our existence in South Louisiana, and the funds that come to Louisiana as a result of the RESTORE Act should be spent developing and defending that most vital asset."
"For several years, Louisiana has made significant strides forward in its quest for comprehensive restoration for our irreplaceable region, investing hundreds of millions of dollars," said Simone Maloz, Executive Director of Restore or Retreat. "Now, there are even more positive signs for the future: the approval of the updated 2012 Master Plan, the nation's commitment to RESTORE Louisiana's coast, and the establishment of the Water Institute of the Gulf as Louisiana's premier science institution. These significant investments in our future provide hope for our damaged and fragile communities, but much work remains. Now, more than ever, our State and nation simply cannot afford to undervalue investments in our coast."
"Women of the Storm has been proud to work with Congressman Scalise and commends him for his work passing this bill into law," said Anne Milling, Founder of Women of the Storm. "Now that the RESTORE Act is law, we must move to ensure that the BP fine money is not squandered- this is not a time for civic engagement to cease but a time for us to remain vigilant to ensure that the state master plan is implemented. Louisianans are united around the common goal of coastal restoration, and the stakes are too high and the consequences too grave for this money to be squandered away senselessly."
Joining Scalise at the press conference were: Garret Graves - Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, Simone Maloz - Executive Director of Restore or Retreat, and Anne Milling - Founder of Women of the Storm.
Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!
Restore or Retreat, Inc.