The history–and future–of Greater New Orleans is inextricably linked to the Mississippi River. Our relationship with water provides the theme for the eighth annual Anba Dlo Festival: “The Invisible Waters of Return.”

Members of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative will kick off the festival with a walk-and-learn tour of parks, gardens and green infrastructure in the Bywater.  Join us at 10 a.m. at 2372 St. Claude Avenue, and make sure to dress comfortably.

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We will start by visiting Groundwork New Orleans’ Earth Lab and hear from Maria Brodine, Environmental Program Coordinator, about their vision of transforming vacant lots into gardens. Next, we will walk along the Mississippi River in the Crescent Park, where Jason Wiese, a curator for the The Historic New Orleans Collection, will discuss New Orleans historic relationship to the river.

Mike Marshall, Senior VP of Operations at Turn Services, will speak to the day-to-day use of the river as a vital shipping channel. We will also hear from Amanda Rivera, Senior Associate at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, about the design process behind Crescent Park.

Stick around for an afternoon Water Symposium led by scientists, engineers, and city planners. Both events are free and open to all. Please RSVP and invite your friends via Facebook. Contact collaborative[at]nolawater.org with any questions.