Conservation Groups Praise Lake Charles Mayor Roach for Leadership on Louisiana’s Coast

06.30.2017 | In Press Releases

As Mayor Roach transitions from current roles, his contributions and impact will persist


(New Orleans, LA—June 30, 2017) This week marks the final week in office for Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, a man whose public service in office spans more than 30 years when he was first elected to the Louisiana Legislature. In that time, Mayor Roach was a strong advocate for Louisiana’s coast, serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation. In the legislature, Roach served as chairman of both the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Subcommittee on Coastal Restoration. He has also served on boards for several conservation organizations, including Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, America’s WETLAND Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana.

In recognition of his strong record of public service and contributions to our coast, Restore the Mississippi River Delta – a coalition of local and national organizations that have worked on coastal restoration in Louisiana for decades, including the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon Society – released the following statement:

“Our organizations are deeply grateful to Mayor Randy Roach for his service and contributions to Louisiana’s coast. While his time as mayor may be ending, his legacy will live on in the work he has accomplished for Louisiana’s coast and the people of Lake Charles. Mayor Roach can leave office confident that the numerous contributions he made in office have led to a stronger, more resilient coast. We appreciate his steadfast, forward-thinking leadership on coastal issues and wish him well in future endeavors.”

Restore the Mississippi River Delta is working to protect people, wildlife and jobs by reconnecting the river with its wetlands. As our region faces an ongoing and severe land loss crisis, we offer science-based solutions through a comprehensive approach to restoration. Composed of conservation, policy, science and outreach experts from Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, we are located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; and around the United States. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849,
Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543,
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781,
Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.317.2046,
John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348,