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Family Canoe Day May 27 at UNO Coastal Education and Research Facility

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The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans and UNO’s Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences present hands-on educational outings for students and their families on Saturday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students who have studied water and wetlands in school to build on their studies with an immersive outdoor learning experience.  RSVP now.

Veteran educator Dinah Maygarden will lead a canoe outing to explore the dynamics of water movement in Chef Menteur Pass and the estuary’s connection to the  Gulf of Mexico.  After sampling small aquatic organisms that live in the wetlands and testing water quality, participants will discuss what makes a healthy ecosystem.

There is no cost, but participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Shea Penland Coastal Education and Research Facility in East New Orleans. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, and bring water. You may also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the outing.

Participating students should be rising 5th graders or older and accompanied by an adult.  One adult can bring multiple siblings or friends.

Because space is limited, you must RSVP  to secure your spot.

Make the Water Collaborative part of your Give NOLA Day!

This year, the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans is participating in Give NOLA Day, presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. One day a year, Southeast Louisiana takes a moment to thank, celebrate and support the nonprofit organizations that serve our community.

The Water Collaborative is taking part in Give NOLA Day because it’s a convenient, simple way for members and friends to support our work to make Greater New Orleans a global leader in green infrastructure! Donations allow us to provide walk-and-learn tours, educational materials, professional development, and workshops free of charge–building the movement for safe, sustainable water management.

Please include the Water Collaborative in your Give NOLA Day!

Tour 2222 Broad St. on Mar. 23

Join us Thursday, March 23 at 4 p.m. for a special guided tour of the NORA rain garden at 2222 N. Broad St.  RSVP here. Squeezed into a once-vacant lot overlooking the Florida Ave. Canal,  are eight cypress trees, a bright planter filled with irises and an elaborate mural declaring New Orleans “Our Water City.”  With the Sewerage and Water Board’s Pump Station #3 visible just across the street, it’s a vivid picture of integrated  urban water management.

We’ll learn more about how New Orleans Redevelopment Authority selected this site and how landscape architects from Spackman, Mossop and Michaels designed the tiered bioswale to filter and absorb stormwater. We’ll find out how the city’s Mosquito and Termite Control Board works with green infrastructure professionals to ensure that sites like this don’t incubate pests, and how the nonprofit SOUL is using volunteers to plant more trees on private lots in Mid-City.

Featured speakers include:

  • Brian Burns, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
  • Bridget Tydor, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
  • Joe Becker, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
  • Brendan Carter, Mosquito and Termite Control Board
  • Emily Bullock, Spackman, Mossop + Michaels
  • Susannah Burley, Sustaining our Urban Landscape

This free event was organized by Water Works on behalf of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.

The Power of the Crowd

Lisa via Flickr

In New Orleans, we know about the power of the crowd. Not only do our krewes and clubs put on the world’s most famous street party every year, but our neighborhoods, nonprofits and congregations have done incredible things to rebuild the city. By harnessing the skills and generosity of our people, we can create a more resilient region.

That’s why we’re looking for someone to help launch an innovative web-based platform that connects talent, volunteerism and philanthropy. This is a six-month, grant-funded position.  If you are passionate about building a better New Orleans region, we want to hear from you. Read the position announcement here.

Members meeting Feb. 2

If you are a member of the Water Collaborative or interested in volunteering with us, please make plans to attend our All Hands meeting on Feb. 2. Held at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Avenue, this a great opportunity to meet activists and volunteers from all the working groups that make up the Water Collaborative. The meeting runs 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free parking available. We’ll discuss exciting program opportunities in 2017 and the ways each of us can contribute. Together, we are growing the water sector for sustainability, safety and stewardship across the region!

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