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May 2013

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Mike Plaisance, President

Plaisance Dragline and Dredging


Ted Falgout,VP

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 Dermatology


Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -- 9:30 a.m.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Meeting
Claiborne Building - LA Purchase Room

Baton Rouge


Thursday, June 6, 2013 -- 9:30 a.m.

Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation
Pensacola Room-Galvez Building (DEQ)
Baton Rouge


Thursday, June 6, 2013 -- 9:30 a.m.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

La Salle Building, La Belle Room
Baton Rouge 

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$340M for coast announced
The money is part of BP's $1 billion "early down payment."
Whiskey Island

Whiskey Island-

photo courtesy of the

From the Governor's Office: Governor Bobby Jindal announced that BP has agreed to fund approximately $340 million in restoration projects for Louisiana. This investment is part of the $1 billion that BP agreed to invest for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 


BP has agreed to fund nearly $340 million for four barrier islands from Terrebonne Parish to the east bank of Plaquemines Parish and two Fish Stock Research and Enhancement Centers.


This $340 million in funding represents the largest single component of restoration projects across the Gulf that BP has ever approved. Overall, Louisiana is home to approximately $370 million in projects approved so far through the early restoration process.


The four barrier islands represent a roughly $320 investment for the restoration of areas that Governor Jindal called the most-injured by the BP oil spill. The four components of this project include:

  • Caillou Lake Headlands Component, which is also known as Whiskey Island, in Terrebonne Parish. This $110 million component will restore beaches, dunes and back-barrier marshes.
  • Cheniere Ronquille Component, which is on the west bank of Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. This $35 million component will construct beaches, dunes and back-barrier marshes.
  • Shell Island Component, which is on the west bank of Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. This $101 million component will restore back-barrier marsh and dunes and beach on the east and west lobes.
  • Breton Island Component, which is on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish in the Breton Sound. While the project configuration is being finalized, this $72 million component will restore and protect beach, marsh, and dune in the Breton Wildlife Refuge

In total, these projects will create thousands of acres of dune and marsh, and restore miles of Louisiana's barrier island beaches.


More News on the Announcement:

Gov. Jindal announces millions to restore barrier islands- Courier

Taking a big step forward- Courier

Louisiana will receive... - 

ROR Visits Davis Pond

ROR has worked on issues related to the diversion since 2005.

David Pond

Nearly 20 stakeholders joined Restore or Retreat on a site visit last month to the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Structure and Ponding area in St. Charles Parish.  
The Davis Pond diversion structure, authorized decades ago and constructed in 2002 in upper Barataria Basin, has a maximum operating capacity of 10,600 cfs. The structure has been operated as a salinity management feature, with freshwater introductions from the Mississippi River ranging from 1,000 cfs up to 5,000 cfs averaging, to this point in time, considerably less than half of the structure's capacity. 
More pictures also on our Facebook page. 

ROR Holds Annual Meeting


Thibodaux, LA-- Restore or Retreat 2013 Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting last month featured guest speaker Tanner Johnson.


Johnson, who has an extensive coastal career, was recently named Director of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF.) NFWF will receive nearly $2.4 billion over five years from BP as part of a $4 billion settlement negotiated by the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve federal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and $1.2 Billion of the funds will go directly to Louisiana for barrier island and river diversions.


In addition to the keynote speaker, attendees also heard an organizational update from ROR Executive Director Simone Maloz, as well as an update from ROR Board Member Charlotte Bollinger on the Water Institute of the Gulf, where she is also a board member.


At the meeting, ROR was also presented a plaque from Ducks Unlimited honoring the organization's Lifetime Member status. ROR recently partnered with Ducks Unlimited, Lafourche Parish and ConocoPhillips on the Bayou L'Ours Terracing Project. It is the first time the organization has financially contributed to a local restoration project. (See recent article link below.)


"As a first for our organization, we are hopeful our partnership and financial commitment will further leverage the Parish's own commitment to expedite the implementation of restoration projects in the vulnerable Barataria Basin," said Maloz.


Read the accompanying article here.  

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their ROR membership for 2013 and for your continuous support!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.