The latest coastal news, events and more from the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins...

Join us for our annual Rendezvous fund raiser on Nov. 1! 
Our only annual fund raiser will once again be held "up the bayou" at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
It's not too late to RSVP or sponsor ROR's annual fund raiser, Rendezvous!   
This year we are joining our friends and partners at Nicholls State University in celebrating "Closest to the Coast."    
We will once again have good food and spirits, perfect Cajun music and great friends who care about our coast-- we hope to see you there!
Coastal workforce event held for local students 
This was our third Working for Our Coast event held in the Bayou Region, linking the community to coastal opportunities.   
Jessie Whittington of Weeks Marine speaks to Terrebonne Parish students during the Working for Our Coast event.
Schriever, LA-  Restore or Retreat hosted the inaugural Working for Our Coast event where Terrebonne Parish 11th graders visited Fletcher Technical Community College to explore coastal careers.
Thanks to a grant from Chevron, nearly 900 students from all four Terrebonne Parish public high schools were transported to Fletcher's main campus during fall break. After a video welcome by Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove and introduction to the coast, students heard from several guest speakers on coastal careers like engineering, construction, biology, government, geomatics, and journalism.  
Students were also able to visit outside tables supported by area businesses and local organizations like the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program, as well as take part in demonstrations on the main lawn by Nicholls Geomatics program before heading back to school.
Andrew Barron of BTNEP explains a water quality demonstration provided.  
"In our area, people of all ages know how important it is to restore and protect our coast," said Simone Maloz, Executive Director of Restore or Retreat. "We have a tremendous opportunity in the very near future to build major restoration and protection projects here in the Bayou Region, and there is no better workforce to build these projects than the generation that could benefit the most from this work. We are grateful for the support of our sponsor Chevron, as well as Fletcher and Terrebonne Parish schools that allowed us to help the up and coming generation of coastal workers understand the opportunities ahead."
"We would like to thank Restore or Retreat for selecting Fletcher to host the first annual Working for Our Coast event," said Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor. "Fletcher is committed to training and educating future generations, not only on the issues that we face, but also the solutions we can employ to restore and protect our coast. The opportunity for us to share with high school students the good career opportunities that await them after graduation is essential in ensuring that the Bayou Region has the workforce it needs to address the pressing environmental issues of our communities."
In case you missed it, check our third quarterly Field Report webinar focused on Bayou Lafourche!   Ben Malbrough of the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District provided the update-- presentation available here.
Also, ROR member and supporter South Central Industrial Association will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 23, at 9am CST on the latest Water Resources Development Act.  Join them to learn more from members of Senator Cassidy's staff and others on how this bill impacts coastal Louisiana.   Click here to find out more information on how to join the webinar. 
RESTORE Chair and EPA Administrator Wheeler visits Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion with CPRA and ROR 
The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) dedicates 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the Trust Fund, for restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region.  
ROR hosted the field trip, and Executive Director SImone Maloz visits with Administrator Wheeler at the Davis Pond structure.
From EPA-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler concluded his swing through the Bayou State where he addressed regional economic leaders and toured a coastal restoration site in Luling, Louisiana.

"Coastal restoration is vital to the preservation of the environmental and economic health of the Gulf Coast," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "Today, we saw firsthand the impact of erosion on Louisiana's coast and the potential solutions that are possible when EPA, the RESTORE Council, NGOs, and the private sector all work together. These important restoration projects can help replenish wildlife and mitigate coastal erosion."

Acting Administrator Wheeler was joined by Regional Administrators Trey Glenn and Anne Idsal from Region 4 and Region 6, RESTORE Council Executive Director Ben Scaggs, National Wildlife Federation Gulf Restoration Director David Muth, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Johnny Bradberry, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown, and Restore or Retreat Executive Director Simone Maloz at Davis Pond in Luling
"These kinds of projects will restore and improve water quality in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast region, benefiting the Region 4 states of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi," said Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn.

"The health of the Gulf Coast is vital to Louisiana's communities and economy," said Region 6 Administrator Anne Idsal. "Succ essful restoration projects like this will allow the area to continue to prosper."
"We are thankful that Acting Administrator Wheeler has come to learn more about the Mississippi River Delta, which feeds and fuels the nation and plays a central role in the overall strength of the ecology and economy of the Gulf Coast," said National Wildlife Federation Gulf Restoration Director David Muth. "We look forward to working closely with him and the Restore Council on the ongoing restoration efforts in the Gulf."

"Here in Louisiana, seeing is believing. Restore or Retreat was grateful to work with the State to host Administrator Wheeler and his staff for a briefing and field trip to see firsthand how Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan will tackle our coastal challenges and build opportunities," said Restore or Retreat Executive Director Simone Maloz. "We look forward to building our relationship with the Administrator and Special Advisor Ken Wagner." 
Dr. Clune of Nicholls and Justin Ehrenwerth of the Water Institute of the Gulf sign a Memorandum of Understanding. 
Coastal News

Delta Dispatches
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Editor's Opinion: The Gulf of Mexico is already here-- Houma Today

South Louisiana flood protection studies get underway-- the Daily Comet

Could bill help speed La. coastal work? -- Houma Today

Nicholls State University and The Water Institute of the Gulf join forces-- Dredging Today

Louisiana cancels controversial plan to build airport in a wildlife refuge-

Coastal Calendar
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board Meeting
Wed, Oct 24, 2018 -- 10:30 a.m.
ROR had a great time at Rougarou Fest!
Cameron Parish School Board
533 Marshall Street,  Cameron, LA

French Food Festival
October 26-28
Larose Regional Park and Civic Center

Thursday, November 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center

Governor's Advisory Commission Meeting
Thu, Nov 15, 2018 -- 1:30 p.m.
Louisiana State Capitol
House Committee Room 5,  Baton Rouge, LA
Bayou Briefing with Senator Cassidy
Wednesday, November 7-- 11:30 a.m.
Cypress Columns, Grey
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