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WATERFRONT 2016 Announced

This November, for the second year in row, Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative presents a month-long, water-themed event series.  Dubbed WATERFRONT, the event series invites you to explore water in and around our communities.  Check out the events here.  There is something for everyone!




Oct. 19 Community Conversation on Sea-Level Rise, Wetlands Loss and Restoration


Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, the document that guides efforts to restore our vanishing coast, is due for an update next year. Help guide that process by joining a Community Conversation on Wed., Oct. 19, 5 p.m. at Dillard University.  The event is open to the public and dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to

Coastal restoration works in tandem with urban water management to create “multiple lines of defense” for our communities against storms and flooding. You may have seen recent news reports about the accelerated rate of relative sea-level rise threatening Louisiana. This is your chance to hear from state scientists and engineers what they predict for our coast and how we can respond.  It’s critical that state policymakers receive public input as well as public support in the effort to protect our city and coast.

Walk-and-Learn, Art Show Oct. 15 for Anba Dlo Festival

river-city-ii-flyerFor the second year in a row, Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative hosts a River & City walk-and-learn tour as part of the Anba Dlo Halloween Festival.  The 10 a.m. tour will include Crescent Park, the Groundwork Nola Earthlab, and speakers from the Port of New Orleans. It begins and ends at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.  Following the tour, there will be a student exhibit and performance featuring Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Cultural Crossroads program and Louisiana Young Artists and Young Actors (LAYAYA). The students will present works inspired by their encounters with Louisiana wetlands and waterways.

Also: You won’t want to miss the pre-festival symposium on Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.  Speakers will delve into the question of how to manage the Mississippi River for restoration and commerce in an era of  of coastal lanloss and climate change.

Tour the Eastbank Purification Plant Sept. 19

water-fountain-875_cdc-creditYou bathe in it, drink it and cook with it, but do you know where your water comes from? Join Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative for a behind the scenes tour of the Sewerage and Water Board’s Carrollton Drinking Water Plant, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. You must RSVP (see below).

Date: Monday, September 19, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM -11:30 AM. Arrive 5-10 minutes before to allow time to check in with photo id to security.

Location: 8800 S. Claiborne Ave. Park in the visitors’ parking lot (with the American flag pole in the middle) and check in with reception at 1935 Eagle Street. It is the white building with a green roof closest S. Claiborne.

What:   Chad LaVoie, Water Purification Senior Manager, will give a tour of the water purification plant and explain the purification process from start to finish. Questions welcome!

RSVP: Please RSVP via eventbrite. You will receive a security screening form, which must be returned in advance.

Project Share Launches Sept. 8


Presented by Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and hosted by Propeller, Project Share is our latest peer-learning opportunity for design professionals and those working in the field of green infrastructure. Hear from top designers about how they got projects off the drawing board and what they learned along the way.  The conversation starts at 5 p.m. RSVP required to ambraquet[at]

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.

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 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’?”

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