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Urban Water Series: Strategies That Work

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 area – Click 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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