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June 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

Retirement Celebration honoring Kerry St. Pe

Thursday, June 26--  


5:30-6:30pm Program

Nicholls State Ballroom

Thibodaux, LA 


Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration (CEER)

July 28- August 1

Hilton Riverside

New Orleans, LA

Click Here for More Info  


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board

Wed, July 16-- 9:30 a.m.

Buras Auditorium

35619 Louisiana 11

Buras, LA 70041


Governor's Advisory Commission

Wed, Aug 06 -- 09:30 a.m.

Lake Charles, LA

In the News
 State Updates Restoration Plan- Houma Courier

Fourchon Beach Closed; Elmer's Island Open- Houma Courier

WWNO Launches Coastal Desk-

Sediment diversion projects are on the right path, scientists tell State officials-Advocate

New app gives Terrebonne mariners an edge-Tri-Parish Times

We are sorry!
In ROR's Annual Report, we were remiss in not listing the
 North Lafourche Levee District
as a member in 2013. 
NLLD, its Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois and the NLLD Commissioners are valuable partners to ROR, and we sincerely apologize for the omission!
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State Ramping Up 2017 Planning; Accepting Project Proposals
The State began planning efforts for the 2017 State Master Plan immediately following the adoption of the 2012 Master Plan.

Master Plan Final
The State has already initiated the 2017 State Master Plan process, and will once again begin gathering stakeholders for the Framework Development Team (FDT), which will reconvene in July, as well as focused work groups such as navigation and fisheries.

The FDT, as was the case for the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, will serve as a critical collaborative stakeholder group that will offer CPRA ongoing and real-time guidance and advice on all major elements of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. ROR Executive Director Simone Maloz has been selected to serve on the FDT as an alternate.

Additionally, 2017 Coastal Master Plan will build upon the 2012 plan through refinement of previously selected projects and/or inclusion of new projects.  Until August, the CPRA will accept proposals for new projects to be included in the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. New projects can be proposed by CPRA or by any external source, including academia, parishes, elected officials, agencies, NGO's, landowners, business/industry and the general public.

New projects which can be proposed include those:
  • That build and/or sustain land, through project types identified in the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, such as Bank Stabilization, Barrier Island/Headland Restoration, Diversion and Channel Realignment, Hydrologic Restoration, Marsh Creation, Oyster Barrier Reef Creation, Ridge Creation/Restoration, and Shoreline Protection.
  • That provide significant Flood Risk Reduction, through structural projects, such as the construction and maintenance of levees, or non-structural projects, such as the elevation, flood-proofing, or acquisition of properties.
  • In response to radical shifts in the coastal landscape, resulting from hurricanes or other disasters that have occurred since the 2012 Coastal Master Plan was developed.
  • That address future uncertainty challenges, such as climate change.

Screening criteria and submittal details can be found on the ROR website.     Questions and proposals can be sent to

Interested in Doing Coastal Business with the State? 

As the State ramps up their efforts to protect and restore coastal Louisiana, additional help will be needed.  


Information about upcoming projects, advertisements for contracts, grants and bids, and additional resources for potential vendors can be found on the State's coastal website.


Website highlights include:
Project Hotlist: Projects to be Bid in the Next 6 Months
Contracts and Procurements
Professional and Consulting Services
And What About Hurricanes
By South Lafourche Levee District General Manager Windell Curole

All hurricanes are distinctive and different with the four hazards that they pose. At a Coastal Protection and Restoration meeting, John Barry came up with a quip, "If you have been through ONE hurricane, you have been through ONE hurricane." Depending on where you experienced Hurricanes Katrina, Betsy, Isaac or Camille, makes all the difference in the world.


Each storm will have different hazards being more prominent than the next storm. Hurricanes can drown you with storm surge or rainfall, or blow you away with the force of the storm or tornadoes that are spawned from the leading edge of a storm.


The catastrophic storm surge from Camille in 1969 and Katrina in 2005, which destroyed Mississippi with depths of 23 feet and 28 feet respectively, is an example of a hurricane's wall of water. This size storm surge would destroy any community along the Gulf or the Atlantic coast of the United States.


Rainfall from a hurricane is another hazard which has taken lives and destroyed property. After destroying the Mississippi coast, Camille formed a rain system in West Virginia which flooded towns resulting in drowning fatalities. Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston, but dumped over 35 inches of rain in Thibodaux in a five-day period. 




Many have experienced the destruction of the powerful winds of a hurricane. The effects are widespread, but the greatest winds are in the eye wall. This area just outside of calm winds of the eye of the storm, are the most powerful winds. It is this ring of wind which gives the storm it's category of strength. If a category 4 hurricane hits your area and you do not experience the eye wall, you did no go through category 4 winds.


Tornadoes are the other hazard from a hurricane. They are killers as was experienced in Larose in 1964 when 23 people died from a tornado spawned by Hurricane Hilda. This was and still is the greatest loss of life from a tornado spawned by a hurricane in the United States. In 1992 two people were killed in Laplace by a tornado spawned by Hurricane Andrew.


These factors make any one person's experience with all hurricane hazards limited. Understand that if you have been through one hurricane, you have been through one hurricane. The odds are that the next one will affect you differently and possibly more dangerously.


We are grateful for all of those supporters who have recently renewed their membership support of Restore or Retreat.  And we hope to extend the support of others, so we can continue to work daily on saving this irreplaceable region!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director

Restore or Retreat, Inc.