Local, regional and national resources to help you practice smart water management.





Understanding Smarter Water Management

Managing Water in New Orleans

Check out this video about managing rainwater in New Orleans! The short film was produced by Dana Brown & Associates with funding from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, City of New Orleans, and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan

Living with Water is home to the Dutch Dialogues, a series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary design studios, and to the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, the blueprint for a safer, more beautiful city. This site contains resources and images to help you understand how green, blue, and gray infrastructure can work together at the city scale.

Find Green Infrastructure

Stormwater Compendium for Southeast Louisiana's companion map helps you find green infrastructure on the ground in Greater New Orleans. You can then visit these sites to learn how they function above and below ground.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff

The City of New Orleans provides information on recommended practices to reduce stormwater runoff and related flooding through improved rainwater infiltration.  Jefferson Parish also provides details pertaining to its stormwater program, including this Drainage 101 video.

Best Practices for Stormwater Management

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Bayou Land RC&D and Geosyntec produced this Stormwater BMP Guidance Tool for Jefferson and Orleans in 2010.  It describes a range of best management practices for stormwater on site.

Utility Programs

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has funded a range of green infrastructure projects through its grant program. The website provides information on future grants and descriptions of projects completed or underway.


How to Green Your Home

pavement removal and Landscaping

When you are ready to overhaul your home landscaping, the Urban Conservancy’s Front Yard Initiative is your starting point. In addition to providing reimbursements to eligible homeowners for the cost of concrete removal, they provide workshops, design assistance, and a list of recommended contractors.

Parkway Partners is the “friends of” organization for miles of neutral grounds and acres of green space throughout the city. They offer 2nd Saturday workshops and a seed libary, assist community gardeners and hold an annual plant sale.

tree planting

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL) wants to help you plant trees. Request a FREE tree by filling out a form and following the steps on their website. The goal is to plant 600 trees this year. SOUL will help you plant a tree at your house in Mid-City, Broadmoor, or Algiers/Algiers Point.

Nola Tree Project has planted 100,000 trees since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans’ urban tree canopy. They continue to offer free and low-cost trees through annual Big Treesy giveaways and have also coordinated flood relief for other Gulf Coast communities.

Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Green Light New Orleans will help you install a rain barrel at your house. Check out past rain barrels, apply for one at your house, and learn more about rain barrels at their website. Green Light New Orleans transforms food barrels from local restaurants into rain barrels and helps you install them. If you rent your house, you can still get a rain barrel. Get an official consent form to give to your landlord that explains the installation process and the benefits of having a rain barrel!

Recharge NOLA offers homeowners assistance in constructing and installing a rain barrel on your property. They also offer A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Simple Rainwater Harvesting which provides clear instructions for hands-on interventions to manage water around your home.


Youth and Educators

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Water Watch Program allows educators from grades 6-12 to demonstrate water quality testing in their classrooms at no cost. An LPBF educator will bring all the necessary equipment to the classroom to teach students about water safety and pollution.

Ripple Effect provides K-12 teachers with a unique design-thinking curriculum tailored to New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. To learn more about their approach to environmental education click here.



Water Wise Nola offers a series of Green Infrastructure 101 workshops throughout the city of New Orleans, where homeowners and community members can learn “Do It Yourself” solutions to reduce flooding and beautify their neighborhoods. If you are interested in advocating for better stormwater management in your neighborhood, consider signing up for Water Wise’s Neighborhood Champion Training, where community leaders can learn more about green infrastructure and ow to start their own neighborhood stormwater interventions.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) offers the Water Leadership Institute program for individuals who are interested in learning more about the challenges that face the stormwater industry and interventions at the local level. Attendees will participate in management training and leadership development workshops that will provide them with the skills and knowledge to create change within their organizations and communities reflecting sustainable stormwater management.



Permits & Regulations

 Coastal Restoration

The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority oversees efforts to staunch the disappearance of coastal marshes and swamps in Southern Louisiana. This multi-billion dollar effort is guided by Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.

Technology & Regulation

The Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition provides resources of statewide relevance, including information about technologies like permeable paving and regulatory programs like the MS4 permit program.


Understanding Water Management Resources 

Resource Guide

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation provides a range of information on water quality, fisheries and coastal restoration.  Their Growing Smarter: Guidelines for Low-Impact Development the Pontchartrain Basin includes chapters on site assessment and integrated management.

Flood Planning

Flood maps available from the LSU AgCenter can help property owners better understand their flood risk and plan accordingly.

Education Programs

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality offers watershed education programs and resources to combat runoff pollution.




Understanding Water Management

Subsidence Prevention

Designing for Impact is a guide for local governments in the Gulf South who want to curb flooding and subsidence through low-impact development. It was produced by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Houston Land Water Sustainability Forum. Don’t miss the cost-benefit calculations and case studies.

Case Studies 

The  New York City Department of Environmental Protection surveyed  more than 30 U.S. jurisdictions to produce the report Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management, which includes  case studies from around the county on  public education,  pollution prevention, monitoring and more.

Educational Resources

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance site includes more than 100 case studies of exemplary projects, many of which incorporate water management. The site also has archived webinars and post-secondary education resources.


Online Resources


The World Bank offers a global view of the importance of integrated water management in this archived webinar with video.


The Environmental Protection Agency provides basic explanations of green infrastructure, potential funding sources, and stormwater management manuals from across the nation. EPA produced a series of related webcasts in 2015 that are archived as slides and transcripts.


Green Infrastructure 

Guidebook to Green Infrastructure

The Regional Planning Authority, which works in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, published a guidebook titled 9 Ways to Make Green Infrastructure Work for Towns and Cities.

Overview of Green Infrastructure

The American Society of Landscape Architects provides an overview of green infrastructure with sections on green streets, green roofs and walls, and constructed wetlands. Scroll to the bottom for links to recent research.

Green Infrastructure Design 

Architecture 2030 advocates for low-carbon design, and their 2030 Palette includes a range of water management features, including green roofs and constructed wetlands.