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Urban Water Series: Strategies That Work

Posted June 5, 2013 6 Comments


A series of five free workshops aimed at jump-starting a citywide conversation about our city’s water challenges – and possible solutions. What has worked for these vanguard cities and how might those lessons apply to New Orleans? 

Watch July 10 – Creating Local Change: Making A Commitment to Next Steps

Moderated by Jeff Eger, executive director of the Water Environment Federation. Community conversation panel included: Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Jackie Clarkson; David Waggonner, Principal at Waggonner & Ball Architects; Marcia St. Martin, Executive Director of the Sewerage & Water Board; Cedric Grant, Deputy Mayor; and Jeff Hebert, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. 

Watch June 26 – Innovative Financing Options for Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Speakers included: Charlotte Kaiser, director of Innovative Finance for the Nature Conservancy; Brian Van Wye, branch chief of Stormwater Program Implementation for the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment.Moderated by: Marco Cocito-Monoc, director of Regional Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Watch June 19th – Green Alleys, Streets, and Neighborhoods

Speakers included: Bill Owen, Senior Engineer for the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Karen Sands, Mangaer of Sustainability for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Moderated by: Marco Cocito-Monoc, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Director of Regional Initiatives

Watch June 5th – Metropolitan and Comprehensive Green Stormwater Strategies:

Speakers included: Julie Slavet, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership; Michael Talbott, Director of Houston’s Harris County Flood Control District. Moderated by: Marco Cocito-Monoc, GNOF’s Director of Regional Initiatives

Watch May 15th – Stormwater Challenges: Local and National Perspectives:

Speakers included: Mark Davis, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy; Jeff Thomas, Thomas Strategies, LLC; Noah Garrison, Natural Resources Defense Council. Moderated by: Marco Cocito-Monoc, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Director of Regional Initiatives

Resources:

  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure Programs, Policies, & Projects in Vanguard Cities PDF Download here
  • Urban Institute’s Backgrounder on the Urban Water Series – Download PDF here
  • Urban Water Series Press Release - Download Word document here
  • Session 1 – Stormwater Challenges: Local and National Perspectives - Jeff Thomas’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 1 – Storwater Challenges: Local and National Perspectives – Noah Garrison’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 2 – Metropolitan and Comprehensive Green Stormwater Strategies (Houston) – Michael Talbott’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 2 – Metropolitan and Comprehensive Green Stormwater Strategies (Philadelphia) – Julie Slavett’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 3 – Green Alleys, Streets, and Neighborhoods (Portland, OR) – Bill Owen’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 3 – Green Alleys, Streets, and Neighborhoods (Milwaukee) – Karen Sands’ powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 4 – Innovative Financing Options for Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Brian Van Wye’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 4 – Innovative Financing Options for Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Charlotte Kaiser’s powerpoint presentation Download here
  • Session 5 – Creating Local Change: Making a Commitment to Next Steps – Jeff Eger’s PDF presentation Download here
  • Session 5 – Community conversation: Creating Opportunities, Stakeholders, Keeping People Engaged – Word document here

Water Management Strategies for the Greater New Orleans areaClick here for the Living with Water website (GNO, Inc. and Waggonner & Ball Architects).

Feature image of a flooded road adjacent to the Venice Marina in 2010, courtesy of WWNO. Listen to The Louisiana Coast: Last Call here.

In partnership with the Urban Institute and over 30 local partners, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is hosting The Urban Water Series: Strategies That Work. At the conclusion of the series, we’ll focus on lessons learned and what practices New Orleans may want to adopt from cities with similar experiences.

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6 comments on “Urban Water Series: Strategies That Work

  1. I am the Regional Landscape Architect for NY State Dept of Transportation Region 6. I am also a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality. I appreciate your effort to learn from shared experience. You may also want to contact the City of Syracuse in New York State and American Society of Landscape Architects.

    1. Julia MacMullan says:

      Dear Pauline –

      Thank you for your interest in the Urban Water Series. We are curious as to how you heard about the series. Please be in touch for continued information about the series. You may contact Julia MacMullan at julia@gnof.org or 504-598-4663.

      Best, Julia

  2. Sandi Rosenbloom says:

    Dear Pauline,

    Syracuse is one of the exemplar cities mentioned in the background material prepared for Workshop participants (posted here on the GNOF website). We have indeed spent some time speaking to local folks there.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Sandi Rosenbloom, PhD, Director
    Innovation in Infrastructure
    The Urban Institute

  3. Julie says:

    Looking forward to viewing today’s Green Alleys, Streets, and Neighborhoods when it’s posted and learning from the experience of Portland and Milwaukee. Wish I could be there.

    1. Sandi Rosenbloom says:

      Hi Julie,

      You should watch the video–both Bill Owen and Karen Sands were great. They did you justice!

      Sandi

  4. Kirsten Melberg says:

    Thank you for making this series a priority! The experience from experts around the country implementing green infrastructure has been invaluable.


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