March 2016

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

Latter and Blum 


Henri Boulet, Secretary

LA 1 Coalition


Tim Allen

Apache Louisiana Minerals


Charlotte Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards


Chett Chiasson

Greater Lafourche Port Commission


Berwick Duval

Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell and Watkins

Save the Date
Thursday, May 16 

More information 
coming soon about a 
Coastal Business Workshop Restore or Retreat is hosting
at Nicholls!
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ROR's Executive Committee recently completed a strategic planning session to culminate their 15th anniversary.  
Changes are being proposed to the organization's bylaws that require our membership's approval-- look for those changes coming soon to a mailbox near you!
Diversion Subcommittee of the Governor's Advisory Commission
Tues, April 5 - 10 am
Bonnet Carre Spillway Structure

Coastal Day at the 
Louisiana Legislature
Monday, April 4

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority 
Wed, Apr 20 - 9:30 am
LaSalle Building
LaBelle Room
Baton Rouge
In the News
Quick Links
CPRA Chair Bradberry speaks to SCIA; Meets with ROR leadership
Chairman Bradberry is a familiar face to the Bayou Region, having previously served as Secretary of LA's Department of Transportation. 

Johnny Bradberry delivered his first talk in the Bayou Region to the South Central Industrial Association in Houma this month as the newly appointed Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.  In his speech, Bradberry highlighted his seven priorities as the Governor's new Assistant on Coastal Activities, as well as drew attention to hundreds of millions of dollars in ongoing and planned restoration and protection work for our region.

His priorities include: maintaining a sense of urgency, managing the coastal money, getting results, creating a continuous improvement culture, addressing the contracting process, finalizing a clear path forward on diversions, and remaining a top performing organization.  

Bradberry also highlighted several major restoration and protection projects for our region, including increasing freshwater into Terrebonne marshes and the multi-purpose lock on the Houma Navigational Canal. 

Check here for a link to the Courier article and here for a link to the Houma Times article.  The Courier also wrote this opinion piece
 on Bradberry's important job ahead.  

Members of Restore or Retreat's Executive Committee also had an opportunity to meet with Chairman Bradberry one-on-one prior to the SCIA meeting to discuss our mutual goals, including support for the clear path forward on diversions and outreach and engagement ahead of the 2017 State Master Plan.  

We look forward to working with Chairman Bradberry and the entire CPRA team during this exciting time in coastal Louisiana as we move from planning to implementation!
ROR joins Bayou Region businesses and 300 others to send GOMESA support letter to the President
The GOMESA letter was in response to the President's annual budget, which for the second year in a row suggested removing Louisiana's GOMESA dedication.           
Restore or Retreat, in conjunction with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign, sent a letter to President Obama signed by 330 groups, ranging from local governments and business and industry to environmental organizations and community groups, in response to his 2017 proposed budget that redirects funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) away from Gulf Coast restoration. In the letter, the signers urge the President to reconsider, saying the move would weaken Louisiana's ability to address its severe land loss crisis for the benefit of the region and the country.

"You have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to Louisiana's ongoing recovery and its importance to the nation," the groups stated in the letter. "We believe your proposal to redistribute GOMESA dollars is inconsistent with that very worthy commitment, and we were disappointed to see it again as a part of the budget discussion this year."
Master Plan Final
Future GOMESA dollars are critical to funding the State's Master Plan.

The letter continues, "The restoration of coastal Louisiana's wetlands is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) will soon provide the only consistent source of federal funds to continue its implementation."

The U.S. Congress passed GOMESA in 2006 by an overwhelming majority, authorizing the sharing of 37.5 percent of revenues from oil and gas leasing activities with the five Gulf states. Other states receive 50 percent of revenues from similar activity that occurs on their lands, with no restrictions on how to use the money. At the time of passage of GOMESA, advocates argued that the Gulf states should receive similar treatment, as they support and bear the effects of these activities.

The letter concludes, "We respectfully request that you reconsider that approach as you work with us and our communities to build the kind of long term resilience we can achieve."

Revenue sharing from GOMESA is set to begin in earnest in 2017. GOMESA funding is critical to implementing the state's Coastal Master Plan - a science-based blueprint that ties ecosystem restoration with community protection and resiliency. In 2006, Louisiana voters constitutionally dedicated this funding stream to the state's Coastal Trust Fund, which supports master plan implementation.

Read the letter in full along with all signers here:
Highlighting the new faces of the CPRA 

The fall election of a new Governor and local officials resulted in some different faces to the CPRA board. Even though these board members may be recent additions, they are no strangers to the coastal issues effecting our area, and they join an already strong team of coastal veterans.

The following individuals have been appointed from our area:

Jimmy Cantrelle
Lafourche Parish President
Representative East of the Atchafalaya River

Senator Norby Chabert, Ex-officio (Pictured)
Designee of Senate President John Alario

Windell A. Curole (existing appointee)
South Lafourche Levee District
Representative East of the Atchafalaya River
William (Bill) Hidalgo (existing appointee)
St. Mary Levee District
Representative West of the Atchafalaya River

Representative Tanner Magee, Ex-officio (Pictured)
Designee of Speaker of the House Taylor Barras

"I am honored to be chosen by the governor to serve on this important board. With Lafourche Parish serving as virtually "ground zero" in the fight against coastal erosion and for coastal restoration, I believe I can bring an unique perspective to the board and to the challenge this important issue brings. I look forward to working with all the other board members and with the governor's office and other state agencies to win this battle", Cantrelle said in a article by the Lafourche Gazette.

ROR is looking forward to working closely with the members of the CPRA board to provide support for their challenging work ahead.
THANK YOU to our supporters who allow us to continue working daily to save this irreplaceable region!

Simone Maloz

Executive Director


John Lombardo

Outreach Coordinator