2017 Coastal Master Plan Update Thursday Sept 24 at Propeller



Join us for an interactive workshop and discussion on the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the RESTORE Act, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.


Thursday, September 24, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125  Get Map


The 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Update is currently underway. The Master Plan is the key driver of coastal restoration efforts, as well as risk reduction projects along the Louisiana Coast. The state is required to “administer their regulatory practices, programs, contracts, grants, and all other functions vested in them in a manner consistent with the Master Plan and public interest to the maximum extent possible.” CPRAhas significantly updated the Risk Assessment, and has made a lot of its data publicly accessible, via the Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer, which is designed to provide information on flood risk, coastal land change, and community impacts. This workshop will provide an update on existing projects and potential projects that will be included in the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. We will also discuss the impact of RESTOREAct Funding on Coastal Master Plan implementation and opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

I. Current Status of 2017 Master Plan Update
II. Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer
III. Expected Additional Projects
IV. Status of Projects To Date
VI. Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in the Water Sector

Karim Belhadjali, Deputy Chief, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority 
Jennifer Gerbasi, Recovery Planner, Terrebonne Parish 
Chris Barnes, Legal Advisor, Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities
Justin Ehrenwerth, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council



This workshop is a series in the Water Challenge, an initiative funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and generously sponsored by Entergy Corporation.

This event is part of the Water Challenge series.

City of New Orleans Releases Resilience Strategy

One of the exciting highlights of the week of commemorations honoring the decade of rebuilding since the catastrophic floods and storms of 2005 was the release of the City of New Orleans Resilience Strategy.

The selection of New Orleans as one of the first members of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation) sparked the endeavor to create the strategy, which represents a major step toward a sustainable future. The 90 page document commits New Orleans to a path of adaptation, equity, and transformation.

From its opening paragraphs, bold, assertive language declares the city will adapt to climate change by “building on the confluence of Louisiana’s culture, history, and natural systems,” carrying forward the theme and intent of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan to live and work more harmoniously with nature. In fact, the following paragraph declares, "We will implement our regional Urban Water Plan to reduce flood risk, mitigate soil subsidence, and beautify our communities.”

People in our region are eager to share experiences and help others facing similar challenges. And this week gave us a chance to express our profound gratitude to the world for supporting us. With the release of the Resilience Strategy, New Orleans earns that support by committing to a better, more thoughtful path—as leaders. It truly is a new day.

GNO Water Collaborative Working Group Meeting Dates & Hazard Mitigation Survey Link

Dear Water Collaborative Members:

With the Strategic Plan completed and released, we are moving forward on next steps.  We want to bring to your attention three items: 1) the next round of Working Group meetings, 2) the process for sitting the first official (not interim) Steering Committee and 3) the process by which New Orleans is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The schedule of Working Group meetings is below.  As the Strategic Plan notes, the Working Groups are where the work of the Water Collaborative really takes place. We hope you will be active in the Working Group that most closely aligns with your interests and expertise, but feel free also to participate in multiple groups.

  • K-12 Education: Monday, August 31 3-4:30pm, Keller Library. 
  • Research and Policy: Tuesday, September 1, 11am-12pm, Myrtle Banks (3rd Floor Conference Room)
  • Advocacy:  Wednesday, September 2, Noon - 1:00 PM, TBD Please contact Keith Twitchell directly for the location keithgct@aol.com
  • Community Education: Friday, September 4, 9:00-10:30am, Myrtle Banks (3rd Flood Conference Room)
  • Builders & Designers: Tuesday, September 8th, 4:00pm, Waggonner and Ball 

New Orleans is currently updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will guide the City's strategy for reducing its risk from natural and man-made hazards for the next five years. Public participation is critical to the success of the planning process, and the City will be holding a series of meetings to gather public input. Please take a moment to fill out our Hazard Mitigation Survey here: http://goo.gl/forms/oqIlDprXsQ


Jeff Supak,
On behalf of the GNOWC Interim Steering Committee 
Jeffrey Supak
Community Resiliency Program Associate
Global Green USA 
409 Andry Street 
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 525-2121 ext. 170

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!