2018 Fall Meeting Recap


Thank you everyone who attended the Water Collaborative’s 2018 Fall Meeting last week at the the Main Library Downtown! We had the pleasure of hearing presentations from the Sewage and Water Board, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Downtown Development District about new and exciting changes happening in stormwater management around the city. We’d like to give special thanks to our speakers, Ghassan Korban, Ella Delio, and Kurt Weigle, as well as the staff at the Main Library for hosting us. We’d also like to thank all of our members who support each other through our events. The Water Collaborative has strength in numbers, and the amount of people standing in the room last week proves that this group is growing and thriving in its dedication to New Orleans. Ghassan Korban was also taken aback by the size of the crowd, and used this as an example of the importance of community partnerships in addressing immense problems in a sinking city. After taking questions from audience members, Korban explained that while there are numerous issues to address within the agency, he is optimistic about the ability not only to fix these issues but also to make the agency more efficient and precise overall. He is eager to listen and work with members of the Water Collaborative in moving forward with these reforms. Ella Delio and Kurt Weigle also shared changes that are in the works for the Spirit of Charity Innovation District. Delio and Weigle shared the goals for this development as creating more green space, enhancing connectivity, promoting mixed use and mixed income spaces, and creating equitable economic growth. This is an opportunity to implement more green infrastructure features throughout the district, and these plans for development in conjunction with Sewage and Water Board reforms leave for an exciting future for stormwater management in New Orleans. Join our newsletter to hear more about the Water Collaborative’s events!

Jasmine Henderson