Water Collaborative Walk + Learn TODAY 4pm! SELA Project Review with Leaders from S&WB and Milwaukee

The GNO Water Collaborative will meet at 4 pm today, Nov. 19th in front of Pascal Manale’s, for a special 30 minute Walk & Learn to discuss the SELA drainage project with Joe Becker, General Superintendent of S&WB, Ghassan Korban, Commissioner of the Dept of Public Works in Milwaukee, and other invited guests. From there, the group will walk to the Academy of the Sacred Heart to examine the campus’ green infrastructure, then back to Pascal Manale’s for drinks and discussion.

Pascale Manale’s is located at 1838 Napoleon Ave. New Orleans, 70115

US Army Corps of Engineers Releases Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently released their 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This document guides myriad aspects of USACE planning, enforcement, permitting, and implementation.  

It’s a strong plan based on three “key pillars” to:
  • Cut carbon pollution
  • Prepare for climate change
  • Lead international efforts to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts

Many useful tools and assessments can be found in this important update that should be part of the reference materials of all environmental planners.

French Ameri-Can Climate Talks in New Orleans at Tulane Nov 10 3pm

A group of regional and international experts will discuss climate change on Monday, November 10 at 3pm at the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. The FACTS, or French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS are a series of seminars being held in seven cities in the US and Canada in preparation for COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in 2015. Topics differ in each city, and for New Orleans the topic is “How can we best prepare for climate change consequences?” An international group of panelists along with a few key locals, including Jerome Zeringue, Mark Davis and Virginia Burkett, will participate in this very informative and free event. Register now, seats are limited.

Working on Water: free event in St. Bernard to feature coastal income opportunities Oct 21 at Docville Farm

Reposted from nola.com, story by Benjamin Alexander Bloch

An event in St. Bernard Parish on Tuesday will teach fishers how to leverage their knowledge of local waterways to supplement their incomes through ecotourism, coastal restoration and disaster recovery. The workshop also will create a database with attendees' information to connect them with coastal restoration and disaster work as it becomes available.

The "Working on the Water" event, envisioned as annual event geared toward fishers across coastal Louisiana, will include a keynote address by state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, along with presentations from Louisiana and Main Sea Grant agents, and various financial, coastal restoration, tourism, government contract and workforce development experts, among others.

The workshop, which is free and includes a complimentary lunch, was conceived following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill when the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation commissioned a study into economic opportunities available for those whose livelihoods were impacted by the disaster.

"Given the volatility of the economy and the hurdles we have had to overcome — from oil spills and hurricanes, to coastal erosion and changing ecosystems — it is important that our fishermen have the tools necessary to adapt and prosper," said Joey DiFatta, the economic development foundation's chairman.

The event is being help from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center on The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation's Docville Farm at 5128 E. St. Bernard Hwy. in Violet. Interested participants should arrive at 7:30 a.m. to register.

For more information, call 504.345.9756 or visit workingonthewater.com.

One of the economic development foundation-commissioned study's recommendations was building up ecotourism to provide those already working on the waterfront with an opportunity to use the skills and resources they already have at hand to generate additional income.

And in the fall of 2013, in an effort to reach individuals, the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, the Regional Planning Commission, and Nunez Community College began planning the Tuesday workshop.

"Ecotourism, coastal restoration, and disaster response translates to big business," said Ed Shedlock, the assistant director of Nunez's Entrepreneurship Center. "The fishing tradition in St. Bernard coupled with our unique geography and environment presents a large, untapped economic development opportunity for fishermen and anyone interested in working on the water." 

See the draft pamphlet for the event:

WWNO and NPR World Premiere of WATER - Saenger Theatre Oct. 25


NPR Presents the World Premiere of Water +
in partnership with WWNO 89.9 FM

NPR and WWNO are proud to announce the world premiere of NPR Presents Water on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Saenger Theatre. NPR Presents Water + combines national and local news coverage, music, poetry, storytelling, and visual projections to explore how too much or too little water is shaping lives and affecting communities around the country and the world. Tickets are available athttp://www.saengernola.com/shows/water.

 NPR Presents Water + brings together Tony-Award winning director Kenny Leon, award-winning NPR Science Correspondent Christopher Joyce, and award-winning theater writers Arthur Yorinks and Carl Hancock Rux with an original sound score by acclaimed violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). The show starts its eight-city tour in New Orleans. It will be co-hosted by NPR’s Michele Norris and WWNO’s Eve Troeh and will feature Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change); Tony Award-nominee, Michele Shay (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars); Jason Dirden (Tony Award-winning Production, A Raisin in the Sun); and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Boardwalk Empire).

NPR Presents Water + brings together NPR’s journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local stories about water issues that are relevant and meaningful to each region,” said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents. “We are thrilled to partner with WWNO, who received the Edward R. Murrow Award for their coastal coverage, to create and present the premiere event and to hold it at the historic Saenger Theatre, which reopened after its own dramatic water story post-Hurricane Katrina.”

“Water is such an important topic, not only for Louisiana, but also for the nation and the world. NPR Presents Water + will help to open conversations and the meaningful exchange of ideas in a new way,” said Paul Maassen, WWNO general manager. “We are honored to have the World Premiere here in New Orleans, and for WWNO to play a role in this local and national collaboration among NPR and public radio stations across the nation.”

“I am excited to work with NPR Presents on this meaningful and highly relevant undertaking,” Director, Kenny Leon stated. "Theater has the ability to illuminate the human experience in a way that is unique, vital and authentic. Our goal is to allow Water to showcase our shared humanity, our shared challenges across the US and the globe."

Building on NPR and Member Stations’ news coverage, the NPR Presents Water + series will highlight each city’s unique, nuanced relationship with water. The scripts are created in partnership with the Member Station combining local sensibilities with national themes. No artistic licenses are taken with the news content; stories are adapted from on-air and online coverage, as well as oral histories, into monologues and dialogues.

 The Tour:

October 25, 2014, New Orleans in partnership with WWNO

November 8, 2014, Weekend in Washington, NPR

November 10, 2014, New York, NY in partnership with WNYC

November 12, 2014, San Francisco, CA in partnership with KQED

November 13, 2014, Seattle, WA in partnership with KUOW

November 17, 2014, Atlanta, GA in partnership with WABE

November 18, 2014, Cleveland, OH in partnership with Ideastream

November 19, 2014, Detroit, MI in partnership with WUOM

Groundwork NOLA presents Lost Rivers: a film about daylighting urban rivers on Monday Oct 13 at Cafe Istanbul FREE!

On Monday, October 13 at 5pm Groundwork NOLA presents Lost Rivers: Out of Sight, But No Longer Out of Mind! a documentary about the restoration or "daylighting" of once-covered urban rivers. This screening takes place at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave in New Orleans at 5pm for FREE. Special guest Ann-Marie Mitroff, River Program Director of Groundwork Hudson Valley will present a short talk. Don't miss it!

USACE to Hold Public Meeting on Landscaping of SELA Project Neutral Grounds on Tue Sept 30

Stakeholder coordination has been critical in the development of conceptual neutral ground landscape designs to be implemented post construction of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Project (SELA) drainage improvements along S. Claiborne, Napoleon, Jefferson, and Louisiana Avenues.

Draft concepts for the SELA landscape implementation plan are developed based on guidance and input from city and state representatives and are now ready to be shared with the public.You are invited to attend an upcoming Open House presenting the conceptual designs and gathering public input to further refine the preferred design concept for each construction corridor.

The Open House will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm at the Salvation Army Meeting Room, 4526 S. Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans.

Draft concepts will be presented for the neutral ground along:
A. Claiborne Ave from Monticello to Pine St.
B. Louisiana Ave from Claiborne Ave. to Constance St.
C. Napoleon Ave from Claiborne Ave. to Laurel St.
D. Jefferson Ave from Claiborne Ave. to Magazine St.

For questions about the meeting, please contact Derek Chisholm at 504.218.0909

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Project (SELA): In partnership with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District; the State of
Louisiana, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and the Sewerage
and Water Board of New Orleans.