Designers Wanted

The Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative understands that transforming our built environment requires informing residents about water systems, green infrastructure and resilience. Local investment,  by public agencies and individual property owners, begins with local understanding.

In order to reach more of our neighbors, we’re investing in professional outreach tools. The Water Collaborative is seeking proposals from graphic designers and marketing professionals for the development of a graphic identity, to include logo and style guide.  This is an opportunity for young designers to build their portfolio or for more established firms to demonstrate their commitment to the New Orleans community.  Please read our scope of work and respond by June 30, 2016.


Charter Membership: A one-time opportunity to make a difference

Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is more than a trade association or affinity group, we’re a social sector startup committed to innovation and inclusion.1105151700_HDR

The Water Collaborative networks together experts across disciplines to leverage one hundred volunteer hours each month. We don’t compete with traditional nonprofits, we elevate their work through the power of collaboration.  We challenge practionners in the private sector and government to improve their designs through multidisciplinary learning.

Our members understand what makes the Water Collaborative unique.  Now, members have a one-time opportunity to be recognized as leaders within the organization by making a financial contribution. Only those who give before June 31, 2016, will be recognized as Charter Members.

The gifts made by Charter Members will meet critical needs for the Water Collaborative as we grow to reach more of neighbors and community leaders. New and more professional outreach tools will make our education efforts more effective. Small investments in travel and meeting space will expand our reach to new communities, promoting a regional vision for managing our water wealth.

For a small price, you can be part of something big: Become a Charter Member today. 

  • Associate (individuals only) – $10
  • Bronze (individuals or nonprofits) – $25
  • Silver -(individuals or nonprofits) – $100
  • Gold -(individuals, nonprofits or firms) $250+

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 You can learn more about Jacobs’s legacy at  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.

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. Don’t wait, our first class (on pervious paver systems) is March 15.

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.



WATERFRONT continues in Mid-City, Uptown and the Lower 9th.

Water Wise Mid CityAll this month, members of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative are hosting a distributed festival called WATERFRONT. In keeping with our theme, Life at the Water’s Edge, participants can explore what it means to live with water through art, conversation and volunteerism.

On Wednesday, Water Wise hosts a Mid-City workshop for anyone interested in how to better manage rainfall on their property. The event takes place at Parkway Bakery and Tavern at 6 p.m. RSVP here. Take part to learn ways to reduce flooding near your home while beautifying your property.

Aqua Drinks REDThe Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition and Life City team up to host a blue- and green-drinks happy hour Thursday evening at Freret Street Publiq House. Come have a cocktail with leaders in New Orleans growing water-management sector. Learn more about how Southeast Louisiana benefits from green infrastructure at every scale–from neighborhoods to the coast.

Healing-Waters-Festival-of-Water-&-LightOn Sunday, November 22, we will be joined by Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies and the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development for an afternoon and evening at Bayou Bienvenue. The life-affirming Healing Waters event runs from 2 p.m. til 5 p.m. featuring a story telling circle that will explore the community’s multifaceted relationship with water. Then at 5:30, the Festival of Light and Water begins. Participants will mark the return of area residents with art and a lantern ceremony.

Be sure to check out the full roster of WATERFRONT events here.

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