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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!

Living with water in the Cities of the Dead

Jan. 29 Walk & Learn examines cemeteries and water management

 

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Join us for a special, Sunday afternoon walk-and-learn tour of New Orleans cemeteries, 1 p.m. Jan. 29, led by Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC. Emily specializes in the repair and restoration of New Orleans’ iconic tombs and mausoleums. While our cemeteries are among the area’s most popular destinations for tourists as well as locals, they are also left exposed to the elements and subjected to neglect. When tombs suffer damage, water is often the culprit.  Years of paving worsen the situation in some cemeteries.  However, there are solutions.

This half-mile walking tour, which will last approximately 1.5 hours, begins at Dispersed of Judah Cemetery, 4937 Canal St.  Be sure to dress comfortably in sturdy footwear. Cemeteries are historic and civic sites of particular significance to many.  Please arrive prepared to approach them with respect. Find more details and RSVP via Facebook.

Lunch & Learns kick off Jan. 17

In 2016, the Water Collaborative debuted a highly successful series of lunchtime lectures on green infrastructure concepts and technology.  Hosted at the Regional Planning Commission, those Lunch & Learns provided 100 area engineers, architects, planners and floodplain managers with new tools to meet or exceed local standards for stormwater management and water quality protection.

In 2017, we continue our commitment to multidisciplinary professional development, kicking off a new series of Lunch & Learns on Jan. 17 with a talk on green roofs and decks.  A special thanks is due to our member-partners Dana Brown & Associates and Gaea Consulting as well as local chapters of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects.  With their help, we are able to offer continuing education credits for many of the presentations in the series.

Space is limited, however, so you must RSVP here to attend.

 

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