Explore Opportunities in St. Bernard Parish

Just downriver from New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish is a vital part of our region with a unique character.  St. Bernard is home to small towns and farms. Its commercial fishing tradition keeps NoLa eateries  stocked with oysters, shrimp and other creole delicacies.

In the past decade, St. Bernard Parish has also become home to innovative green buildings and a bold project to grow wetlands.  The parish is at the center of Louisiana’s efforts to restore its vanishing coast. Join us on Tuesday, August 23 at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm to learn more about the growing water sector in St. Bernard Parish.

View details and RSVP here. Sign up for carpooling here.

Docville Farm Event 8-23-16

2016 Lunch & Learn Series

Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is proud to announce our 2016 Lunch & Learn Series! These professional development opportunities will deepen your knowledge of green infrastructure technology and techniques, challenge your creativity, and may hold the key to your next project.

Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative 2016 Lunch & Learn Series

Presented by GNO Water Collaborative, Dana Brown Associates and the City of New Orleans, the series takes place at the Regional Planning Commission, 10 Veterans Boulevard. Each one hour course includes lunch. Best off all, they are free … but you must register here.

Summer Mixer is June 30, 5 p.m.


Join us June 30 at The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., to toast the Charter Members of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative. These are the firms and individuals whose voluntary gifts have expanded our educational resources, professional development and policy analysis.  Donations will be also accepted at the event, and The Rusty Nail will generously donate 20% of bar proceeds.

Arrive after work to meet and mingle with the volunteers who make the Water Collaborative one of the most dynamic social-sector startups in New Orleans!

Waterway Mapping Workshop on June 21, 6 p.m.

Master Plan Mapping Workshop Flyer

In April, more than 50 people packed a conference room at Propeller to for our panel discussion on revisions to the New Orleans Master Plan. Since that time, the City Planning Commission has begun accepting amendment proposals and our Research and Policy Working Group has drafted recommendations.

On June 21, at 6 p.m., we invite members and friends of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative to take part in an interactive workshop that will inform our work to update and improve the Master Plan. Participants will identify and map key urban waterways, including those hidden in pipes and canals, and brainstorm ways to restore their ecological and aesthetic value.

The workshop takes place at Propeller, 4035 Washington Avenue.

Walk with us May 6, 7


Phil Stanziola - New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, 3c37838uJane Jacobs was a pioneering author and advocate–not just a preservationist but a champion of community-based design.  Best known for her opus, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacob helped reshape the field of urban planning. In it she wrote, “there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street … cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.”

To mark the centennial of Jacobs birth, Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and partners invite you to focus your eyes on the street in a new way. Join us for one of four walking tours on May 6 and 7. We’ll talk about the ways our neighborhoods have evolved over time–and the way that water management has influenced development patterns.  We’ll consider how infrastructure repair, expanded historic districts and new stormwater rules impact neighborhoods.

Most of all, we’ll listen to you. A Jane Jacobs Walk is about observing a community in a new way and listening to what its residents have to say about their homes and their hopes for the future.


You can learn more and find walks happening around the country at janejacobswalk.org. You can learn more about Jacobs’s legacy at centerforthelivingcity.org.  For further reading, try this Lens article, in which Roberta Brandes Gratz asks “What would Jane Jacobs make of our post-Katrina transition from ‘death’ to ‘life’?”

What does Nola’s Master Plan mean for water, climate or coast?


Monday, April 11, marks the beginning of a 12-week public input window for the next iteration of the New Orleans Master Plan, which guides city policy on infrastructure, open space, preservation and economic development.

That evening Propeller and Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative will present a workshop on how residents, businesses and nonprofits can take part in shaping the future of our city. Representatives of the City Planning Commission will explain the amendment process. A panel of civic engagement, legal and environmental planning professionals will take questions from the audience.

The current plan predates the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Resilient New Orleans and a recent Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. This revision is an opportunity to ensure the updated Master Plan reflects the progress New Orleans has made on integrated water management, climate readiness and resilience.  RSVP now.

Ask a Pro series tackles your FAQs

Aedes_AlbopictusToday we begin an occasional series of posts from a panel of experts who serve on our Builders and Designers Working Group in which they address common questions integrated water management in New Orleans. To submit a question, use our Ask a Pro form. We being, fittingly enough, with the question of mosquitoes: Will changing the way we “live with water” mean learning to live with more of these pests? Or can new, greener approaches to water management actually help control these pests? Read on …


New Video Explains Water Management in New Orleans

A new short film explains what happens when it rains in New Orleans and how can the region can harness the power of nature to prevent flooding and subsidence. Produced, written and directed by Dana Brown & Associates, the project was funded by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, City of New Orleans and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

The video is available for educators, neighborhood associations and anyone who wants to learn more about water management through green infrastructure.

Holiday Social, Dec. 10

Join the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative on Thursday, Dec. 10, after work to celebrate our progress this year. Mingle and network with your peers and meet the incoming members of the 2016 Steering Committee.  Hope to see you there.GNOWC 2015 Holiday Social Invitation

Walk-and-Learn this Saturday in Algiers


Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative presents a walk-and-learn tour of the new Louisiana SPCA campus in Algiers. Join us to see first-hand the ways in which onsite bioretention creates an attractive green space that also acts like a sponge when it rains.  Pets and pet owners alike enjoy the parklike setting.

Near the Louisiana SPCA headquarters is the neighborhood of Algiers Point, which occupies relatively high ground on the river’s natural levee. Walk-and-learn participants will hear first-hand from the neighbors who were shocked when FEMA dubbed their neighborhood a flood zone.  We’ll learn how they successfully took on the federal agency to have the flood maps revised.

After the tour and conversation, participants can visit with some of the SPCA’s pets-in-residence.



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