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Out of Chaos, Hope on the Horizon

It’s been a busy year in the realm of moving coastal restoration and protection
forward. More than two years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon,
which led to the deaths of 11 workers and spewed nearly 5 million barrels of crude into our Gulf waters, Congress passed the RESTORE Act.  RESTORE stipulated that 80% of the Clean Water Act penalties to be levied against BP and other responsible parties will return to the impacted states for environmental and economic restoration.

Bayou Grace volunteers from Viterbo University of La Crosse, Wisconsin send a thank you to Senator Kohl for voting yes on RESTORE

Bayou Grace volunteers from Viterbo University of La Crosse, Wisconsin send a thank you to Senator Kohl for voting yes on RESTORE

This year, Louisiana also saw the beginning of construction of two Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration projects. Under the Oil Pollution Act, NRDA is the process designed to assess damages to natural resources, assign responsibility for restoration to the parties responsible, and determine appropriate remedies to be fulfilled by the responsible parties. In April 2011, BP vowed to make a down payment of $1 billion
towards this process to be used for early restoration projects in the five impacted Gulf states.

In the wake of Katrina, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 in 2006, which created the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and required it to develop a coastal master plan every five years.  sand fencingThe first master plan was approved in 2007.  The 2012 master plan, a much more specific roadmap for the coast, was unanimously approved by the legislature on May 22.

Bayou Grace was proud to connect local, regional and national constituents to all of these avenues for determining the future of restoration and protection of our coast.  n snyder dinner presoThrough engaging local residents with the CPRA and NRDA trustees at several community dinners, prompting citizens to encourage their representatives to vote yes on RESTORE, and providing numerous opportunities to learn about and act on critical issues facing our coast, Bayou Grace remains committed to providing hope and sustainability for our bayou communities.  Thank you for your continued support of this vital mission.

Wednesday Why: RESTORE Our Gulf

If you want to save coastal Louisiana and see our Gulf made whole, add your voice to ours as we petition Congress to pass the RESTORE Act.  The US House of Representatives will possibly be voting on the Transportation Bill this week.  Attached to this Transportation Bill is the Restore Act (Title III).

If you want to help, please add your voice to a Change.org petition urging Congress to pass the RESTORE Act and Save the Gulf.  Bayou Grace and other coastal leaders have given input into this petition.  We urge you to add your support to the petition to help do the right thing: ……bring fine monies from the BP Oil Spill back to the impacted Gulf Coast States.  It can’t happen without this important legislation.

Call to Action: Petition Congress to Pass the RESTORE Act and Save the Gulf

The Gulf Needs You!

Add your voice to ours as we petition Congress to pass the RESTORE Act.  The US House of Representatives will possibly be voting on the Transportation Bill this week.  Attached to this Transportation Bill is the Restore Act (Title III).

If you want to help, please add your voice to a Change.org petition urging Congress to pass the RESTORE Act and Save the Gulf.  Bayou Grace and other coastal leaders have given input into this petition.  We urge you to add your support to the petition to help do the right thing: ……bring fine monies from the BP Oil Spill back to the impacted Gulf Coast States.  It can’t happen without this important legislation.

Wednesday Why: Because it’s the Right Thing to Do!

Now that the Senate has passed passed a transportation bill containing the Restore Act amendment, fines from the BP oil spill are one step closer to coming to the affected Gulf Coast states to be invested in environmental and economic recovery.  Now it’s up the the House of Representatives to ensure that the job gets done and the majority of fine money goes to where the damage occurred.

The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act would:

• Specifically direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act civil penalties resulting from the oil spill to restoration of the Gulf Coast environment and  local economies.  This could mean as much as $10-20 billion.

• Distribute resources fairly and equitably to the affected Gulf Coast states, allowing them to launch immediate recovery efforts.

• Ensure that the funds are spent responsibly and for their intended purposes.

• Establish the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council which will develop and fund a comprehensive plan for the ecological recovery and resiliency of the Gulf Coast.

• Establish a long-term Science and Fisheries Endowment and Gulf Coast Centers for Excellence.

It’s the right thing to do……bring fine monies from the BP Oil Spill back to the impacted Gulf Coast States.  It can’t happen without this important legislation.   If you want to help, call your CongressionalRepresentative today.  Contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your  representative’s office.  Tell them you support legislation that will do the right thing for the Gulf!

To read a recent article in the Houma Daily Courierabout the RESTORE Act click here.

 

RESTORE Act Amendment Being Voted on Today!

The Senate will be voting on the RESTORE Act amendment early this afternoon.

Please call your senators NOWand tell them to vote Yes on the RESTORE Act amendment!

If you’d like to see BP’s oil spill fines used for Gulf restoration, please pick up the phone and call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. Urge your senator to vote Yes on amendment 1822, the Nelson-Shelby-Landrieu RESTORE Act amendment.

There is only one coastal Louisiana.   Make a commitment today to do something to ensure that our nation’s wetlands are here today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.  It’s easy: Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell them you’d like to speak with your senators. Passing the RESTORE Act Amendment is the right thing to do.

ONE YEAR AFTER THE BP OIL SPILL

-Life in New Orleans and Coastal Louisiana

San Francisco, CA –  Bayou Grace will be among key Louisiana residents including fishermen, businesspeople and tribal leaders affected by the BP oil spill who will offer their insights on the recovery and the current conditions in the Gulf and coastal communities of Louisiana at a special cocktail presentation organized by Friends of New Orleans, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at the Kapor Capital offices, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Friends of New Orleans is organizing this event to give a voice to those who have been most affected by the BP oil spill, and to raise awareness of the amount of work and resources that are still required to restore the region.  Speakers will discuss the current state of the Gulf and  Louisiana’s coastal communities 18 months after the BP Oil Spill; the impact the spill has had, and continues to have on Louisiana fishermen, and businesses that serve or are dependent on the State’s seafood industry; the effect on indigenous coastline cultures; financial reimbursements made by BP to date; the mental and physical health problems faced by those communities directly affected by the spill; and the coastal and wetlands restoration work that has been done and still lays ahead.  To rsvp or for more information on the featured speakers and the cocktail, please contact Denise M. Byrne, FONO Executive Director and Founding Board Member, by email  prdenise@aol.com or cell phone (703-371-7455).

Featured Louisiana Coastal Leaders:

Lance Nacio – Owner of Anna Marie Seafood and a principal leader in the White Boot Brigade, a Louisiana fishermen advocacy organization.

Capt. Michael Frenette - Professional Angler/ESPN contributor, Charter Boat/Tour Co. and Fishing Lodge Owner in Venice La. Marina, Director of Louisiana Charter Board Association   

Diem NguyenExecutive Director of the Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC which is working with the Vietnamese fishing community

Brenda Dardar-Robichaux – Woman leader and former Principal Chief of the Houma Nation (17,000 strong in Louisiana)

Kirk Cheramie – Manager of the Houma Nation radio station (KUHN 89.3 FM)

Rebecca Templeton and Diane Huhn –  Representing Bayou Grace, a non-profit agency serving the 5 bayou communities of lower Terrebonne Parish

Sharon and David Gauthe - Co-Founders of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) which operates in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

LaTosha Brown - Former Exec. Director of the Gulf Coast Fund and Director at Ibis Partners

Matt Petersen  – President and CEO of Global Green USA, a national environmental advocacy organization that has been behind the “greening” of New Orleans

Bios and photos of all of these leaders can be found on the Friends of New Orleans website at www.friendsofneworleans.org.

Click here for a link to a recent article about the event in The Daily Comet.

                                                                                  

Bayou Grace and Other Louisiana Leaders go to San Francisco to Talk about Life in the Coastal Communities One Year Later

One Year After the BP Oil Spill:

Life in New Orleans & Coastal Louisiana

The Board of Friends of New Orleans Invites You to a Cocktail Reception
with Leaders from Communities and Businesses Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

 Hosted by FONO Chairman, Stephen DeBerry

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Where: Mitch Kapor Capital, 543 Howard St., 5th Fl.,

San Francisco, CA 94105


Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Featuring the following Louisiana Leaders: 


  • David and Sharon Gauthe / Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing  
  • Lance Nacio / Anna Marie Seafood 

  • Rebecca Templeton and Diane Huhn / Bayou Grace  
  • Brenda Dardar-Robichaux and Kirk Cheramie / United Houma Nation 

  • Captain Mike Frenette / Louisiana Charter Boat Association and Louisiana Redfish Lodge 

  • LaTosha Brown / Gulf Coast Fund  
  • Diem Nguyen / Mary Queen of Viet Nam CDC

With Special Guest: Matt Petersen / President and CEO of Global Green

Please RSVP with Denise Byrne, Friends of New Orleans Executive Director at
PRDenise@aol.com or call 703-371-7455

Friends of New Orleans (FONO) is a nonprofit, non-partisan, membership organization for people in the U.S. and abroad who care about Southern Louisiana’s rebirth. Our mission is to advocate for New Orleans and its surrounding parishes, inform people of those key issues that are shaping the national debate and decision-making of the rebuilding effort, link individuals who want to help with leaders in the local communities and motivate people to take part in the rebuilding effort.

For information on these incredible NOLA leaders, go to www.friendsofneworleans.org

Louisiana residents – including fishermen, businesspeople, environmental and tribal leaders – who were affected by the BP oil spill, will offer their insights on recovery work and every day life in the coastal areas today at a cocktail reception which will take place at the Kapor Capital headquarters in downtown San Francisco, CA.  Please consider joining us at this important event if you are in the area.