Wetlands Art Tour This Saturday, May 9

Don’t miss all the activities happening via the Wetlands Art Tour this weekend, May 6-7. The Opening Reception and panel discussion take place Friday evening from 6 to 8pm at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. On Saturday, the Bywater is hopping with activities from 9am to 9:30pm, including tours, an Earth Festival, screenings, and wetland art in Bywater galleries. See this link: http://wetlandsarttour.com for the full schedule.

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

RSVP:    rotte@norpc.org

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 www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

Questions? Please contact Beth Orr at beth.orr@tetratech.com

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.

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