Sustainable & Resilient Brownfield Redevelopment April 16th, 2-5pm, GNO Regional Planning Commission

Date:    Thursday, April 16th

Time:    2:00 – 5:00pm

Location: Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 – Main Conference Room


Draft Agenda Attached

The Regional Planning Commission’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program cordially invites you to our training workshop on April 16th to learn about resources for incorporating sustainability and resiliency into your Brownfield redevelopment project! 

Confirmed speakers include:

§  Karen Peycke, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Brownfield & Land Revitalization Program

§  Gwendolyn Berthelot & Crisalda Adams, Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Business, Community Outreach and Incentives Division, Nonpoint Source Program

§  Danny Wiegand, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Urban Waters Ambassador

§  Bill Shuster, EPA Office of Research and Development, Research Hydrologist

§  Earl Randall III, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development - New Orleans Field Office

§  Liz Shephard, Chief Sustainability Officer, LifeCity

 We hope you’ll join us for this informative workshop!

 Thank you to our sponsor, the Louisiana Brownfields Association!

FREE Watershed Approach Handbook for Restoration Webinar Wed. March 18th 12pm CDT

Please join a FREE webcast about The Environmental Law Institute’s and The Nature Conservancy’s recently released handbook to advance the use of a watershed approach in the selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation. 

This joint report called “Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects” is posted on ELI’s and TNC’s Website. The handbook was funded by the EPA and other private funding sources. 

Expert Speakers:
Dr. Rebecca Kihslinger, Wetlands Program Director, Environmental Law Institute, San Francisco – Rebecca helped develop the handbook and will help introduce the Webcast.

Palmer Hough, Environmental Scientist, Wetlands Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Palmer will provide some background regarding why EPA supported development of this handbook.

Mark P. Smith, Deputy Director, North America Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA - Mark worked with Jessica Wilkinson, formerly of the Environmental Law Institute and now with TNC, to lead the effort to develop and co-author the Watershed Approach Handbook.

Nicholas Miller, Science Director, The Nature Conservancy, Madison, WI – Nicholas will present a case study from Wisconsin that highlights the use of the handbook.

Registration: You must register in advance to attend this webcast. Register at the Watershed Academy Webcast website at

Questions? Please contact Beth Orr at

Living with Water: Broad+Water Artist RFP, deadline April 21, 2015

Living with Water: Broad + Water Artist RFP Deadline: April 21, 2015

The Arts Council New Orleans: Place + Civic Design department, in partnership with Broad Community Connections, is requesting proposals for BROAD+WATER, an artistic installation/sculpture project framed around our community challenge with water. The call is open to artists, artist teams, community groups working with designers, architects, landscape architects, or water management experts who are interested in creating an exterior public art installation expressing New Orleans’ relationship with water.  In recent years, city officials, advocates, and water experts from New Orleans and around the world—spearheaded by Waggoner & Ball Architects—have endeavored to create the city’s Urban Water Plan that will fundamentally reorder New Orleans’ relationship with water, an effort called Living with Water™.  The BROAD+WATER Request for Proposals is for an installation that will creatively contribute to the Living with Water™ conversation, animating the concepts of water management while deeply engaging the surrounding community.  This RFP is the second of two Arts Council of New Orleans requests around Living with Water™ in the city of New Orleans in 2015. 

The Arts Council New Orleans and Broad Community Connections, through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and City of New Orleans Percent for Art, will commission a public art installation that actively seeks to advance the general public’s understanding of New Orleans water infrastructure at a key node in the city.  In the late 19th-century, New Orleans’ Sewerage & Water Board created a model drainage system—centered on Broad Street—which operates to this day to keep the city dry.  While the system is an engineering marvel—systems in the Netherlands and around the world are based on drainage technologies developed in New Orleans—it is also based on antiquated concepts of water management that are inefficient, brittle, and non-resilient, and contribute to subsidence, local flooding, and other infrastructure issues in the city.  Similarly, the Lafitte Corridor has been a salient commercial and cultural artery throughout New Orleans’ history, first as the Carondelet Canal and Walk, whose turning basin gives the legendary Basin Street its name, and later as a rail corridor that took passengers into the city, past old Storyville to the Southern Railways terminal at Canal Street, but in recent decades had become a defunct and forgotten space in the city. Today, the Lafitte Corridor is being reimagined not only as a 3.1-mile linear Greenway that will anchor the revitalization of the corridor connecting the French Quarter and the Tremé to Bayou St. John and City Park, but also as a Blueway that will pioneer strategies for reordering how New Orleans lives with water, creating a functional, beautiful amenity that make the neighborhoods along the Greenway more resilient and more livable.

BROAD+WATER is deliberately located at the intersection of Broad Street and the Lafitte Greenway, and is therefore uniquely positioned to contribute to the New Orleans’ conversation about living with water.  Public art and design are essential components to conversations about water in and the around civic spaces in our community. The Arts Council and Broad Community Connections expect this project will serve to bring a concerted dialogue to the Broad Street Corridor and the Lafitte Greenway.

Click for full details:  LWW-Broadpluswater-031015

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5th Annual Water Challenge! March 23, 2015, Register at

The Water Challenge, a collaboration between Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, The Idea Village and The Greater New Orleans Foundation, is focused on solving critical water challenges through entrepreneurship. This initiative culminates each year during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). Congratulations to all of this year's entrepreneurs! Another Louisiana Proud event! We can do this!

The Water Challenge is free and open to the public. Registration is required at


Morning Session:
10:00AM: Welcome to the Water Challenge 2015!

Introductory remarks from Albert Ruesga, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Sarah Mack, past Water Challenge winner and Founder & CEO of Tierra Resources, and Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.

10:15AM-12:00PM: $25,000 “Living with Water” Civic Design Pitch

A live pitch competition put on by Propeller and the Arts Council of New Orleans. This year’s finalists are: Jennifer Blanchard (Contraflow), Michel Varisco (Turning), and Amy Stelly & Darryl Reeves (Drop in the Bowl). The winner will be determined by an audience vote following feedback from a critical panel including Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, David Waggonner, principal of Waggonner & Ball Architects, Councilmember Susan Guidry, and Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning for the City of New Orleans.

12:00PM-1:00PM: Break for Lunch

Afternoon Session
1:00PM-2:00PM: Overview of the Water Landscape: Coastal and Urban

Presenters include New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Ella Delio, director of environmental and regional initiatives at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Steve Cochran, director for Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration project. Moderated by WWNO News Director Eve Troeh.

2:30PM-3:30PM: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water

Presentations from agencies like the Sewerage & Water Board, Entergy, Ducks Unlimited, the Restore Council, and the Data Center on entrepreneurial opportunities in water management and coastal restoration, an industry with $50 billion slated to be spent over the next fifty years. Moderated by Flozell Daniels of The Foundation for Louisiana

3:30PM-3:45PM: Coffee Break

3:45PM-5:00PM: $10,000 Water Challenge Business Pitch

Five finalists present their ideas for $10,000 awarded by a panel of judges including Elisa Speranza of CH2M HILL and Jimmy Roussel, Entrepreneur in Residence at the New Orleans Startup Fund. This year’s finalists are: Don & Jon Adams (Advanced Berm Technologies), Mark Bernstein (Magnolia Land Partners), Dan Johnson (Greenman Dan Inc.), Gary Shaffer & Demetra Kandalepas (Wetland Resources, LLC), and John Tesvich (Riverbottom Tech).

5:00PM-7:00PM: PitchLocal Happy Hour on the rooftop of The Chicory!

Building Resilience Workshop VI Program: March 25-28th, 2015

It's time for the Building Resilience Workshop! A conference that explores the topics related to resilience and Louisiana.

Four days of events including resilience tours, movie screenings and a full day of learning and sharing at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center in St. Bernard on Saturday.  A Louisiana proud event!

Topics for Saturday's panels include:
  • How Will Our Plans Work Together?
  • Weather the Storm: Building Strong Networks through Resource Collaboration
  • Louisiana and Alaska: Turning Crisis into Resiliency through Intensive Community Collaboration Resilience in the Community Showcase: Evolving Efforts That Have Grown Since Hurricane Katrina Through the Lens: Telling Important Stories, Inspiring Conversations, Building Community Resilience Working Together: Government Resilience Among Coastal Parishes
  • How Are We Preparing Local Future Resilience Professionals?

Free Webinar on Potential of Blue Carbon on Louisiana's Coast: March 5, 1pm CST

Tierra Resources Releases Results of Two-Year Assessment of Blue Carbon Potential on Louisiana's Coast.

FREE Webinar: Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands

Please join the American Carbon Registry and guest speakers Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources, Drs. Robert Lane and John Day of Louisiana State University and Dick Kempka of The Climate Trust to learn about the carbon offset potential of Louisiana’s wetlands, the carbon impacts of preventing wetland loss, which restoration techniques show the most potential as wetland offset projects, and the estimated revenue potential that carbon finance can contribute to wetland restoration in coastal areas of the Mississippi River Delta. The presentation will include a Q&A session.
Findings from the report will be shared by Tierra Resources and the American Carbon Registry at a free national webinar, scheduled for March 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Initial study findings showed that restoration in Louisiana has the potential to produce over 1.8 million offsets per year; almost 92 million offsets over 50 years. This is the equivalent of taking approximately 350 thousand cars off the road each year or 20 million cars off the road over 50 years.  Wetland restoration techniques identified in this study could potentially generate $400 million to $1 billion in offset revenue depending on the dollar value of the carbon offset—with the potential for almost $630 million more by including prevented wetland loss in the carbon accounting.

Tierra Resources and The Climate Trust are releasing their two year assessment “Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands.” The report will be available in early March at

FREE LDEQ Construction and Stormwater ENVIROSCHOOL: March 26th 10am-noon, Jefferson Parish Library




The Enviroschool program at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is the environmental education outreach arm of the Agency that provides training for communities, businesses, and other organizations on a number of regulatory topics.  The goal of this program is for the attendees to become informed about the environmental regulatory process and to maintain and improve environmental compliance.  These workshops are free and open to the public.  If you are interested, please feel free to register for any of our workshops that are posted below or contact us if you would like additional information.    


 LPDES Construction Stormwater Permits

This session will provide an overview of stormwater general permits and the requirements for operators of construction projects to obtain authorization to discharcharge stormwater.  An emphasis will be placed on new requirements in the 2014 Large Construction General Permit, LAR 100000.  Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12NOON.

  • February 25, Baton Rouge:  LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • March 5, Alexandria Area:  Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
  • March 12, Lake Charles Area:  LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
  • March 26, New Orleans Area:  Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001

Sewage Sludge Hauling

This session will provide an overview of the rules and regulations including registration requirements, standards for transporters of sewage sludge, and standards for vehicles and/or containers used in the transport of sewage sludge.  Additionally, there will be a brief discussion on the inspection and enforcement procedures regarding sewage sludge hauling.  Facility owners, operators, drivers, consultants, persons involved with sewage sludge generation, hauling and disposal operations are encouraged to attend.  Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12Noon:

  • April 9, Baton Rouge:  LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • April 16, Lake Charles Area:  LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
  • April 23, Alexandria Area:  Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
  • April 28, New Orleans Area:  Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001

Restore Act Listening Session 6pm Tonight (Feb 23, 2015) at Lindy Boggs Center at UNO

Plans to spend BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster funds on proposed restoration projects will be discussed at a special listening session at 6pm tonight, Monday February 23, 2015, at the Lindy Boggs Center in the University of New Orleans Research Park located at 2045 Lakeshore Drive. The session will be held in Room 236. For more information on projects and the restoration program visit

WWNO Delta Blues Live! Thurs. Feb. 5th 7pm @ Lost Love Lounge: How delta communities are planning for coastal land loss and rising sea levels.

For immediate release
More information, graphics, interviews:
Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO Coastal Producer: (914)

Join WWNO News Director Eve Troeh and Coastal Reporter Jesse Hardman for a live illustrated presentation of their coastal erosion reports from Vietnam,  “Delta Blues: Water and Climate Change from the Mississippi to the Mekong.” Troeh and Hardman traveled to Vietnam to learn how Mekong River Delta communities are planning for coastal land loss, and how the people of the Mekong Delta adapt to rising sea levels day by day. 

When: Thursday, February 5th at 7pm 
Where: Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St. at Franklin Avenue in New Orleans’ Faubourg Marigny)
All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and join the discussion.  Free admission.  Vietnamese bahn mi and spring rolls will be available from the Lost Love Lounge kitchen.
“Delta Blues: Water and Climate Change from the Mississippi to the Mekong” is a three-part radio news series on WWNO 89.9 FM and KTLN 90.5 FM.  The first two reports were broadcast on January 22 and 29, and are available now on  The final report will air on Thursday February 5 at 8:30am.

WWNO Coastal Desk reporting from Vietnam is supported by the  Solutions Journalism Network, an independent, non-profit organization working to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.  

Support for WWNO’s ongoing coastal news reporting comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, and its listeners.

WWNO New Orleans Public Radio is the NPR member radio station for New Orleans and 13 parishes of southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9 FM and on KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area.  WWNO broadcasts news, music, and cultural programs on 89.9/90.5; 24-hour classical on WWNO HD2; and 24-hour jazz on WWNO HD3.  WWNO’s trusted, thought-provoking news and lively cultural entertainment make it one of the top stations in metro New Orleans. WWNO’s programs and news features are available at  WWNO is a public service of the University of New Orleans.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson