Check out this video about managing rainwater in New Orleans! The short film was produced by Dana Brown & Associates with funding from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, City of New Orleans and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
The Water Wise Nola website features several useful publications, including A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Simple Rainwater Harvesting and the Joy of Water “cookbook,” both of which provide clear instructions for hands-on interventions to manage water around your home.
When you are ready to overhaul your home landscaping, the Urban Conservancy’s Front Yard Initiative is your starting point. In addition to providing reimbursements to eligible homeowners for the cost of concrete removal, they provide workshops, design assistance, and a list of recommended contractors.
The Stormwater Compendium for Southeast Louisiana and a companion map help you find green infrastructure on the ground in Greater New Orleans. You can then visit these sites and understand how they funciton above and below ground.
Living with Water is home to the Dutch Dialogues, a series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary design studios, and to the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, the blueprint for a safer, more beautiful city. This site contains resources and images to help you understand how green, blue and gray infrastructure can work together at the city scale.
The City of New Orleans provides information on recommended practices to reduce stormwater runoff and related flooding through improved rainwater infiltration. Jefferson Parish also provides details pertaining to its stormwater program, including this Drainage 101 video.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Bayou Land RC&D and Geosyntec produced this Stormwater BMP Guidance Tool for Jefferson and Orleans in 2010. It describes a range of best management practices for stormwater on site.
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has funded a range of green infrastructure projects through its grant program. The website provides information on future grants and descriptions of projects completed or underway.
Green Light New Orleans will help you install a rain barrel at your house. Head to their website to apply and figure out how to get a rain barrel. Green Light New Orleans transforms food barrels from local restaurants into rain barrels and helps you install them.
Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL) wants to help you plant trees. Request a FREE tree by filling out a form and following the steps on their website. The goal is to plant 600 trees this year. SOUL will help you plant a tree at your house in Mid-City, Broadmoor, or Algiers/Algiers Point.
Regional and Statewide
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation provides a range of information on water quality, fisheries and coastal restoration. Their Growing Smarter: Guidelines for Low-Impact Development the Pontchartrain Basin includes chapters on site assessment and integrated management.
The Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition provides resources of statewide relevance, including information about technologies like permeable paving and regulatory programs like the MS4 permit program.
Flood maps available from the LSU AgCenter can help property owners better understand their flood risk and plan accordingly.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality offers watershed education programs and resources to combat runoff pollution.
The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority oversees efforts to staunch the disappearance of coastal marshes and swamps in Southern Louisiana. This multi-billion-dollar effort is guided by Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
National and International
Designing for Impact is a guide for local governments in the Gulf South who want to curb flooding and subsidence through low-impact development. It was produced by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Houston Land Water Sustainability Forum. Don’t miss the cost-benefit calculations and case studies.
The American Society of Landscape Architects provides an overview of green infrastructure with sections on green streets, green roofs and walls, and constructed wetlands. Scroll to the bottom for links to recent research.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance site includes more than 100 case studies of exemplary projects, many of which incorporate water management. The site also has archived webinars and post-secondary education resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency provides basic explanations of green infrastructure, potential funding sources, and stormwater management manuals from across the nation. EPA produced a series of related webcasts in 2015 that are archived as slides and transcripts.
The Regional Planning Authority, which works in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, published a guidebook titled 9 Ways to Make Green Infrastructure Work for Towns and Cities.
The World Bank offers a global view of the importance of integrated water management in this archived webinar with video.
Architecture 2030 advocates for low-carbon design, and their 2030 Palette includes a range of water management features, including green roofs and constructed wetlands.