The abundance of water, wetlands, and waterways in the Mississippi River Delta is a distinct regional advantage. Over three centuries, however, Greater New Orleans has reshaped itself with an approach to drainage and flood mitigation that pushes its water assets out of sight and out of mind. Long-term resilience requires adapting this approach and millions of dollars worth of investments in the city’s infrastructure in coming years. Changes in policy and political mindset are already visible, while a wide range of entities and individuals are pushing for more rapid and systemic advances in water management.
We are helping to create the next generation of “water literate” citizens. These are active and engaged individuals who are conversant in the region’s geology, geography, hydrology, history, and public policy, and who will have a voice in shaping the future of the city and the region.