WOW: Working on the Water Summit: Tues. March 22, 9am, Docville Farm, FREE, Resilience, Innovation, Opportunities, & More!

Join us for the Working on the Water Summit Tuesday March 22 in St. Bernard at Docville Farm in Violet. Aimed at professionals in fisheries and water-related businesses seeking to grow in changing times. Speakers and panels will focus on resilience, government programs, and innovation. Learn from industry leaders, researchers, and peers about how to adapt and thrive. 9am to 3pm, free!

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Louisiana Water Network Meeting : Wed. Feb. 17th, 11:30-1:15pm, East Baton Rouge Public Library

Join us for a conversation about building the Louisiana water economy.

We'll learn about the development of a comprehensive and integrated Louisiana Water Code from Louisiana Water Resource Commissioner and Director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, Mark Davis. We'll hear from leaders building the Baton Rouge water cluster, get an update about the recent $233 million HUD NDRC disaster resilience funds awarded to Louisiana, share news from the Center for Planning Excellence and more.

The East Baton Rouge Public Library is an award-winning facility featuring native plant water retention systems in the parking area, and an array of modern, efficient, and user-friendly amenities--including a spacious, inspiring meeting room. 

Please come prepared to share a water related news item with the group. A healthy lunch sponsored by The Water Campus will be served.


CPRA to host four Community Conversations on Flood Risk and Resilience Program, February 2016

As part of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), in partnership with the Office of Community Development, will host a series of four Community Conversations in coastal Louisiana in early 2016 to share information about the Flood Risk and Resilience Program.

Attendees will learn more about future coastal flood risk; how the State, parishes, and residents can reduce this risk; and the State’s approach to residential elevation, commercial floodproofing, and voluntary acquisition. Input received at these meetings will inform how CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program can be tailored to best meet the needs of local communities.

Each Community Conversation will include:

  •   An open house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. designed to share information and gather residents’ feedback about current and future flood risk through interactive vulnerability mapping;

  •   A CPRA presentation at 5:30 p.m. on the Coastal Master Plan, the Flood Risk and Resilience Program, and nonstructural projects being analyzed; and,

  •   Discussion about resilience measures and what types of nonstructural projects would best benefit the community as a whole.

The Community Conversation schedule is as follows:


February 16, 2016

Lafitte Multi-Purpose Center 4917 City Park Drive
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


February 17, 2016

Terrebonne Parish Public Library 151 Library Drive
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Lake Charles

February 23, 2016

SEED Center 4310 Ryan Street 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


February 24, 2016

Castine Center 63350 Pelican Drive 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thank you to each of our four hosts for providing space for these Community Conversations!

For more information, please contact

State of Louisiana National Disaster Resilience Competition Applications Update

Friends, Colleagues and Collaborators,

 As you know, the State of Louisiana submitted its Phase II application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) on Oct. 27. Over the past year, as the State developed both Phase I and Phase II applications, we engaged and collaborated with an uncountable number of individuals and organizations as we took a holistic look at current risks and future vulnerabilities, developing just a few of the many solutions and interventions required to adequately address the challenges we collectively face. 

 One of the themes we touched upon throughout the application is the fact our state’s commitment to resilience began well before the NDRC was ever conceived, and while the NDRC gave us an opportunity to step back and develop a fresh approach to Louisiana’s resilience-building activities, our commitment must and will extend beyond the NDRC and into the foreseeable future.

 It is in this spirit that I hope you all will take a moment to review the work we have completed over the last year and continue to engage us in an exchange of ideas that will ultimately lead us all to the safer, stronger and smarter ideal we all recognized our need to achieve following 2005’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 Specifically, I would like to direct you all to Louisiana’s Phase I and Phase II applications:

 Our newly-developed resilience policy framework, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE):

 And a white paper specific to one of our individual project proposals, Resettlement as a Resilience Strategy and the Case of Isle de Jean Charles:

 Please do not hesitate to reach out with feedback, thoughts and ideas as we move forward.




Mathew D. Sanders, AICP

Policy Advisor, Disaster Recovery Unit

Office of Community Development, State of Louisiana

504.556.9787 (o)