Louisiana Water Network meeting: Wed. July 29th, 11:30-1:15pm, Garden Study Center at New Orleans City Park

Greetings People of a Great Water City (and state)!

We hope you will join us for a gathering of the Louisiana Water Network this Wednesday, July 29th from 11:30-1:15pm at the Garden Study Center in the Botanical Gardens of New Orleans CIty Park. 

As we transition from the HIWC to the LWN and work together to build a Louisiana Water Economy, we are expanding efforts to discover and highlight Louisiana water leaders, explore the diversity of our competitive water sectors, and showcase statewide initiatives. This month’s water topic is “Ecotourism & Culture,” and we’ll learn about geographically and culturally diverse Louisiana-proud perspectives. See the attached agenda for details.

As always, please come prepared to share a water related news item with the group. RSVP to attend at info@louisianawater.net and to reserve a healthy $5 Mediterranean lunch. 

Per tradition, we will not meet in August and our next scheduled gathering is set for September 23.

Thank you for all you do to help build Louisiana’s Water Economy!

Grasshopper Mendoza & Steve Picou
Louisiana Water Network
http://louisianawater.net (beta)
twitter: @WaterLouisiana

NOTE: 2015 is the International Year of Soils


July 28, Working on the Water (WOW): Successful Branding and Marketing for your Coastal Business, Belle Chasse, FREE 3-6pm
July 31, Application Deadline for Propeller’s Impact Accelerator: Water, Food, Health Care, Education.
August 18, CRCL Coastal Candidate Forum, 2015 Governor’s Race. Nicholls State, Live or live-stream. 4:00-5:30pm 

Wish it was here! "Integrated solutions for a circular economy and resilience."  International Water Week, Amsterdam, Nov. 2-6, 2015 


On August 12 the new City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances become law. Special thanks to all who worked so hard on Article 23 which mandates new landscaping and stormwater codes to help us "live with water!"

The Water Institute of the Gulf & Nicholls State University awarded funding from NOAA to study the economic, environmental and recreational impact and opportunities of our blue crab population.

NOLAVibe in partnership with Neighborhood Partnership Network and funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation is conducting research to develop strategies for investment in the GNO regional water economy. 

Study underway to map GNO regional water assets

Study to Develop Strategies for 
Investment in the Regional Water Economy

(NEW ORLEANS LA) July 28, 2015—NOLAVibe, a New Orleans-based consultancy focused on social change, is conducting a regional study to guide investment of money, time, and resources to build Louisiana’s water economy.

Working with support of the Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN) and a $50,000 grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the study will identify regional water assets and challenges, examine interactions, align data with global market demands, and recommend strategies to build the region’s water economy.

 The research examines seven water sectors (identified in prior NOLAVibe research) across thirteen parishes in the Greater New Orleans area. Louisiana’s seven water sectors are:

•   Coastal and environmental management and restoration, including flood and surge protection systems, disaster management, and mitigation

•   Municipal sewer, water, and drainage infrastructure

•   Maritime, ports, and navigation

•   Industry and manufacturing

•   Agriculture and fisheries

•   Water law and policy

•   Cultural and ecological tourism

 “Southeast Louisiana is well-positioned to build a sustainable water economy,” said Ella Delio, Director of Environmental and Regional Initiatives at GNOF. “This research is an important step to gain a better understanding of our water assets and challenges and to provide strategies for effective investment and actions.”

 “We’re excited about this project,” said NPN Director Timolyn Sams Sumpter. “We see it as a roadmap for anyone seeking to be part of the water economy, and for the sustainability of our neighborhoods and communities.”

 “We’re asking two fundamental questions,” said NOLAVibe President, Grasshopper Mendoza. “What are our water assets, and how can we align these assets to be competitive in the global marketplace? In Louisiana, water is a powerful economic and cultural driver, and a truly indigenous resource. We’re excited about the potential of the Louisiana Water Economy, and to be part of a diverse team working to build strategies that create new opportunities for all.”

 The research phase of the study is underway and will continue through November. An online survey will be launched in October. The study will be released to the public in early 2016.

NOLAVibe is a New Orleans-based consulting firm founded by Grasshopper Mendoza and Steve Picou in 2012. NOLAVibe focuses on social change and building the Circular Economy. The Circular Economy is a new economic approach designed to transform the old, linear “take-make-waste” industrial model into a restorative and regenerative system that eliminates waste and works more harmoniously with (and within) the limits of the planet’s resources.

Neighborhood Partnership Network’s mission is to improve quality of life by engaging New Orleanians, individually and collectively, in neighborhood vitality and civic processes.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation serves the Southeast Louisiana region. For over 30 years, GNOF has been connecting donors to community needs. We help create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and the special character of our region is preserved, celebrated, and supported.

How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel: Wed. July 29th, 6-8pm, New Orleans

JULY 29, WED 6-8pm 
How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel
FREE but please RSVP:


If you have Questions please contact Jeff @ 504-525-2121 

We will demonstrate how to build and install a rain barrel. There will be an opportunity to build your own rain barrel for $30. Always have water for your garden and lower your water bill!  

In collaboration with WaterWise NOLA: http://waterwisenola.org  
Location: Holy Cross Project 
Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood
409 Andry St., New Orleans

For more information about us, please visit www.groundworknola.org 
Free gifts and low-cost merchandise at every workshop!

Free Workshop Tuesday, July 28th 3:00-6:00pm: Reeling 'Em In: Successful Branding and Marketing for Your Coastal Business

Erik D. Waters, Business Consultant at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, will present marketing techniques for coastal small businesses. His areas of service expertise include: Internet Marketing, Social Media, Branding, Business Start-Ups, Loan Packaging, and Business Expansion and Development. His presentation will cover:

- The importance of branding your company
- How to influence, win, and keep your customers
- How Social Media can drive your website visits and sales

Belle Chasse Auditorium
8398 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

This event is part of the 2015 FREE Working on the Water Workshop Series. For more information, please visit our website. 
Please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/nHIJm3ssZF 

Great Water Cities Summit 2015:Collaborating for a Resilient Future, July 21 & 22, New Orleans

The Great Water Cities Summit 2015, hosted by the Water Environment Federation, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, and Greater New Orleans, Inc., brings together leaders and practitioners in the water sector to exchange ideas and lessons learned on how to embrace the future of water management with a sharpened focus on resilience.

Local partners, public officials and non-profit registration rate available. See form below. Hope to see you there!

Groundwork New Orleans recruiting a VISTA position: Apply by June 23rd.

Groundwork New Orleans is currently recruiting for a VISTA position that will provide programmatic support and development for the Green Team program, our youth job training and development program. The Vista assists the Green Team Coordinator and students by helping them improve at-risk ecosystems and increase green job opportunities. Duties of this position include writing grants, resource development, working with youth to develop and enhance Green Team programming, meeting with community stakeholders to collect program ideas and promote partnerships, and developing programs for youth employment, education, and volunteer outreach.    

Groundwork New Orleans (GWNO) was established through a significant partnership between the National Park Service and the City of New Orleans and continues to be an active partner in the NPS Groundwork Program. Groundwork New Orleans works to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. During the first 6 years of operation our accomplishments include: completing 15 rain gardens; building one bioswale which drains storm water from 4 industrial sized roofs; piloting an Earth Lab outdoor classroom program; creating a science based research program in the Lower Ninth Ward, called the Green Slice, to aid in the recovery of the area; establishing and expanding the Green Team program; and leveraging private, public, and in–kind contributions to ensure the success and expansion of programs. Major categories of projects have been storm water management, soil remediation, Green Team service learning and urban watershed restoration.     

The DOI/VISTA Team is committed to serving youth, especially at-risk youth, by building early connections to public lands and the environment, and teaching job-skills and experience that will last a lifetime and prepare participants for future employment in conservation related fields.  

The DOI/VISTA Team is an innovative partnership between the Department of the Interior (DOI), and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Focusing on the systemic causes of poverty in underserved communities, VISTAs commit to one year of full-time service as they address specific issues that propel the cycle of poverty in the communities they serve.    

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • VISTAs write grants, attend community meetings, conduct outreach and education, develop resources, fundraise, conduct research, develop strategic planning, build partnerships, etc. 
  • VISTAs commit to a full year of National Service with a single sponsoring organization


  • Monthly Living Stipend – Based on the cost of living in the community served. (roughly $1000 a month)
  • $5,645 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award (Upon Completion of Service)
  • Includes Health insurance and child care assistance
  • Student Loan Forbearance during Service (Interest Paid by CNCS upon completion of service)
  • Professional development; Focus Area Training; and hands-on experience 
  • Relocation expenses for members traveling over 50 miles to serve are covered by CNCS


  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident.  
  • Must have received at least a Bachelor’s Degree.  
  • Must submit to a Criminal Background Screening.  
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to community service. 
  • Strong writing skills, public speaking, and computer literacy.
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising is preferred.
  • Experience working with partners, community groups, and in volunteer recruitment.
  • Environmental and youth experience highly preferred.    

The position will begin in June/July 2015 and includes a one year commitment to the position  

Please submit a COVER LETTER and RESUME to Alicia@groundworknola.org by June 23rd.

All DOI/VISTA applicants must complete an AmeriCorps application and submit it to the DOI/VISTA Team at the following link:  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61407