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Urban Water Series January 2018 Events Please join us Wednesday, January 10 for the continuation of the Urban Water Series with a Technical Master Class on “Integrating Green Infrastructure into Complete Streets” and a free public lecture on “Streets that Keep you Healthy, Happy and Safe.” Registration for each event is separate. Integrating Green Infrastructure into Complete Streets...
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Urban Water Series January 2018 Events

Please join us Wednesday, January 10 for the continuation of the Urban Water Series with a Technical Master Class on “Integrating Green Infrastructure into Complete Streets” and a free public lecture on “Streets that Keep you Healthy, Happy and Safe.” Registration for each event is separate.

Integrating Green Infrastructure into Complete Streets

Wednesday, January 10, 8:30am – 1:00pm
The Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Avenue
REGISTER HERE

Peg Staeheli, FASLA, PLA, and Lolly Kunkler, PE of design and planning firm MIG I SvR will be giving a technical overview of the integration of green stormwater infrastructure elements into Complete Streets as well as cycletracks and greenways. This workshop will be relevant to the Greater New Orleans region, especially given the large amounts of investment going into street retrofit. This workshop will cover specific details, criteria and material for infrastructure design addressing Complete Streets. The speakers will also tackle lessons learned from past projects with construction, operations and maintenance in mind.

This workshop is well suited for design, planning, engineering, and construction professionals.

AIA, ASLA, and ASCE credits can be earned.

Streets that Keep you Healthy, Happy and Safe

Wednesday, January 10, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
The Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Avenue
REGISTER HERE

Concerns over flooding, water pumps and the next hurricane season are ever-present in the mind of any New Orleanian. But, what if there were another way to live with water? What if we incorporated technologies that transform outdoor spaces from puddle and flood-prone sidewalks and streets to safely manage rainwater, and reduce demand on the over-worked municipal systems? As we rethink how we use our streets for water, how can we also improve streets to safely move people walking, biking, and taking transit to further the City’s resilience and climate action goals of being a truly car-optional city?

Join us for this free public lecture to learn about interventions on our streets that could work within your community! Peg Staeheli, FASLA, PLA, and Lolly Kunkler, PE of design and planning firm MIG I SvR are coming to New Orleans to share how Complete Streets have positively transformed other cities. Leaders in their field, Ms. Staeheli has 40 years of experience in urban design, while Ms. Kunkler has 17 years of experience in street design and stormwater management.

Meet the Presenters:

Lolly and Peg

Having facilitated the development of the NACTO Urban Street Stormwater Guide to provide documented municipal guidance, Ms. Staeheli and Ms. Kunkler are experts on green infrastructure related to streets. Ms. Staeheli has 40 years of experience in urban infrastructure design, while Ms. Kunkler has 17 years of experience in street design and stormwater management.

 

Thank you to the Surdna Foundation for its support of the Urban Water Series!

Thank you as well to our Technical Master Class partners: American Institute of Architects, Downtown Development District, Gaea Consultants, GNO Inc., Jefferson Parish, LA Urban Stormwater Coalition, Regional Planning Commission, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish Public Works, St. Tammany Parish, Tulane Institute on Water Resources, Law & Policy, Urban Land Institute, Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, and Louisiana Water Economy Network.

Have questions about the Urban Water Series? Please email Johanna Paine.

Urban Water Series History

Phase 1: In the summer of 2013, the Foundation invited national experts on green infrastructure and stormwater management from five vanguard U.S. cities to share their learnings and strategies about green infrastructure and stormwater management through a series of five workshops. Watch the videos of these workshops.

Phase 2: In the fall of 2014, 25 city government and nonprofit leaders interested in water management issues visited Austin, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee to experience firsthand how these cities scaled their green infrastructure and stormwater management strategies.

Phase 3: In the winter of 2016, the Greater New Orleans Foundation began a series of  lectures and workshops to deepen the technical knowledge of private and public sector professionals to improve their ability to design, develop, install, and maintain green infrastructure for a vibrant region.

Grants supporting urban water management

$25,000 to KIPP New Orleans for reconstructing the KIPP Central City Primary (KCCP) schoolyard to add green infrastructure and stormwater management features.

$58,800 to support the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative hiring a full-time coordinator.

$10,000 to FirstLine Schools for the addition of a water management curriculum to the school’s Edible Schoolyard New Orleans program.

$39,000 to the Louisiana Office of the Trust for Public Lands for the development of a web-based decision support tool that will allow the prioritization of green infrastructure locations in New Orleans based on environmental, social, and economic parameters.

$25,000 to Urban Strategies to support the design of green infrastructure and of educational programs for the Lafon Park Stormwater Management and Public Education Demonstration Project.

Partners

Surdna Foundation

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

City of New Orleans

New Orleans faces two unique challenges related to urban water. First, it is the third rainiest city in the United States, with 56 days of rain contributing to 64 inches of rainfall on average every year. Second, soil subsidence poses a significant challenge to the city and causes issues like uneven streets and potholes. New Orleans includes many neighborhoods with compressed soils that are subsiding at a rate of up to one-third of an inch annually, with certain areas subsiding at a rate of over an inch per year.

While New Orleans is increasingly protected from storm-surge flooding thanks to heightened levee protection, neighborhoods are becoming increasingly susceptible to rain runoff flooding, particularly as soil subsidence and storm severity increases. In this environment, the design and regulation of interior conveyors of stormwater including streets, public spaces, and private properties is just as important as perimeter defenses such as levees, flood gates, and wetlands. This is commonly referred to as green infrastructure and stormwater management.