Updated Oct. 23, 2017
This fall, residents of New Orleans and parts of Jefferson Parish will go to the polls to elect new local leaders. In an effort to educate candidates and constituents alike, the Water Collaborative has developed a series of fact sheets about water management issues. As localized flooding has recently reminded us: safe, sustainable water management is a core service of local government in Southeast Louisiana. It’s vital that both residents and candidates understand the fundamentals of water management.
Week 1: Understanding Flood Risk
We’ll be releasing one fact sheet per week. The first one deals with Flooding and Subsidence Take a look and share with your neighbors.
Week 2: New Orleans Drainage System 101
This week’s fact sheet serves as a primer on the Fundamentals of Water Management in New Orleans. Our unique topography and built environment necessitate a drainage system unlike most in the world. Every voter and elected official should have a basic grasp of how the system functions.
Week 3: Getting to Know Green Infrastructure
The third installment in our series introduces the concept of Green Infrastructure, which serves to complement conventional drainage and slow certain types of subsidence by allowing more water to enter the soil.
Week 4: More Equitable Water Management
What does it mean to have an equitable water system? This fact sheet on Equity in Urban Water Management looks at disparities in how water services and flood risk affect New Orleans and some of the things we can do about it.
Week 5: How Water Utilities Work
This fact sheet dives into the complex topic of how local water utilities are governed, with a focus on past and proposed changes to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Understanding Local Water System Finance and Governance is a must before proposing to restructure the board.
The terms water economy and water sector refer to a range of skills and professions involved in water management: everything from operating pump stations to designing rain gardens to replanting wetlands. This fact sheet on Economic Opportunities in Water Management examines how major investments in place-based water projects can be leveraged to create local jobs.