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February 2014

The Conveyance Online
Restore or Retreat's E-newsletter
Restore or Retreat Executive Committee

Mike Plaisance, President

Plaisance Dragline and Dredging


Ted Falgout, VP

Ted M. Falgout and Associates


Robert Naquin, Treasurer


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


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Wed, Feb 26- 9:30 a.m.

LaSalle Building

LaBelle Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

State of the Coast

March 18-20

New Orleans, LA 

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Wed, March 26- 9:30 a.m.

LaSalle Building

LaBelle Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70802 

We've Moved!
The ROR office has moved!  We are still on the Nicholls State University Campus, now in South Babington Hall at 322 Audubon Drive.  Our mailing address and phone number will remain the same.
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CPRA releases Annual Plan,
changes leadership 
January saw the release of the FY 2015: Annual Plan, and February welcomed a familiar face as the new leader of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

In January, the CPRA released its annual plan document for the upcoming fiscal year and held public hearings on the document, including one in Thibodaux.  The evolving document is required by the Louisiana Legislature to outline an inventory of coastal projects, present implementation schedules, and identify funding schedules and budgets.  The document also provides an update on the State's previous efforts to protect and restore the coast.  

Plan highlights include:
  • 52 projects will begin or continue construction in FY15, including 13 protection projects, 37 restoration projects, and two infrastructure projects for a total State investment of $416 million. One of these projects is Caminada Headland Beach and Dune restoration (pictured above.) 
  • 32 projects are slated to be completed.
  • Five projects are in planning, including three restoration projects and two integrated projects, representing nearly $68 million in total State investment.  Two of these projects include Increase Atchafalaya into Terrebonne and the Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study.
  • 28 projects are in design, including one infrastructure project and 27 restoration projects for a total State investment of over $66 million. One of these projects includes the Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex.

Comments were due to the State February 19, but the complete plan still can be viewed online at 


Jerome "Zee" Zeringue, the new Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will lead the process for the State Legislature to approve the annual plan in its regular session, slated to begin next month.  The Houma native and former Restore or Retreat Executive Committee member was tapped by Governor Jindal to replace former chair Garret Graves after his resignation in January.  


"I can't think of a better person to step into those shoes right now," said Reggie Dupre, Terrebonne Parish Levee and Conservation District director.  


For news on the leadership change:

Coastal authority to be headed by Houma native- Houma Courier

"Zee" names Graves' successor- Tri-Parish Times

Jindal coastal adviser Garret Graves resigns- 

ROR 2013 Year In Review
The inaugural annual report will be mailed to ROR members in March and featured in an upcoming newsletter, but here is a sneak preview!

For the first time, ROR has published an Annual Report to update members and stakeholders on ROR's accomplishments for the previous year and to look forward to the exciting chapters to come in Louisiana's coastal history. 

The Annual Report features:
  • Four Years Later: Post-Spill Funding Updates on NRDA, NFWF and the RESTORE Act 
  • Notes from the Executive Director
  • Highlights of the ROR-NWF Summit
  • ROR in the Field
  • Featured partnerships between ROR, NWF, the Water Institute and Ducks Unlimited
  • Coastal Check in with NFWF's Tanner Johnson
  • Annual listing of ROR's donors 
Also, please be sure to check out our website for the e-Annual Report, as well as the latest news, events, blogs, and ways to "Support the Solution."

Register for State of the Coast

Restore or Retreat is a proud Silver Sponsor of State of the Coast, the largest conference on Louisiana coastal issues.  The 2014 Conference has grown from the last conference in 2012, and event co-hosts CPRA, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Water Institute of the Gulf are preparing for more than 1,000 attendees over the 3 day conference.  


The SOC14 full agenda will feature 88 total sessions with 171 presenters and over 50 panelists and speakers.  The conference consists of oral presentations, panel discussions, workshops, keynotes, film screenings, poster presentations, exhibitors, lunches, breaks, happy hour and an opening reception plus a digital program to keep track of everything on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.  For a look at the draft schedule, click here.  


The early registration fee is only $360 and by registering before March 10, you will save $50 when rates increase for late registration.   


For more information please visit  

Thank you for your years continuous support!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.