New Orleans faces many challenges with its drainage system.  We are learning that climate change will add another challenge to the drainage system. Scientists are predicting that rainfall rates will increase in Southeast Louisiana due to climate change.  More rainfall means that we need to rethink how we manage rainwater so that we can avoid future flood events.

Water Wise NOLA is a collaboration of Dana Brown and Associates, Recharge NOLA and Global Green that is funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. We are promoting green infrastructure to complement the gray infrastructure system that is already in place. Green infrastructure utilizes natural systems to manage rainwater.  Examples of green infrastructure include rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, french drains, bioswales, planter boxes, trees, and more. Keeping our storm drains clean is also paramount to a functioning drainage system.

Water Wise NOLA has developed a partnership between the Greater Treme Consortium and  Healthy Community Services to engage residents in the Treme and 7th Ward about the benefits of green infrastructure.

When operating at its full capacity, the pumping system can only handle an inch of rainfall for the first hour and then half an inch per hour for the remaining time-span of the storm event. By incorporating green infrastructure at your home or business, we can begin to relieve pressure on the drainage system. Green infrastructure allows rainwater to be filtered and detained on site. It provides multiple benefits, such as mitigating flooding, protecting the water quality of Lake Pontchartrain, reducing air pollution and beautifying our neighborhoods.

During the month of April, Water Wise NOLA, the Greater Treme Consortium and Healthy Community Services will host three Water Wise Workshops that focus on do-it-yourself green infrastructure solutions to address flooding.  The workshops are the same but will be offered at different locations and times to accommodate people’s schedules. This 1.5 hour workshop will introduce New Orleans’ unique drainage system, the problems that it faces, green infrastructure examples as tools to improve the drainage system and will end with how to identify green infrastructure opportunities on your property. Although the workshops are geared towards residents and business owners in Treme and the 7th Ward, they are free and open to the general public.

Workshop Dates and Location

Saturday, April 7th at 10:00am-11:30am
St Augustine High School Cafeteria
2600 AP Tureaud Avenue

Thursday, April 12th at 6:00pm-7:30pm
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
1625 Annette Street

Monday, April 16th at 6:00pm-7:30pm
St Luke’s Episcopal Church
1222 N Dorgenois Street

Please RSVP to the workshops online at bit.ly/aprilwaterwise or call 504-475-7749.

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