Capturing Rainwater Curbs Flooding Events


"Im­ple­men­ted in 2016, the Gen­tilly Re­si­li­ence Dis­trict pro­ject is trans­form­ing streets, parks, school­yards, open lots, and homes by fa­cil­it­at­ing the con­struc­tion of green roofs, bioswales, and per­vi­ous pave­ments throughout Gen­tilly, a par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able, mixed-in­come neigh­bor­hood. With flood­ing and slow land sub­sid­ence pos­ing a sig­ni­fic­ant threat to the city, the aim is to cap­ture and store rain­fall in the urban en­vir­on­ment. The pro­ject ad­opts a suite of ap­proaches, ac­know­ledging that one solu­tion is not enough to en­sure a se­cure fu­ture for New Or­leans in a chan­ging cli­mate.

The ini­ti­at­ives un­der the Gen­tilly Re­si­li­ence Dis­trict pro­ject not only cap­ture rain­fall but help to beau­tify neigh­bor­hoods, en­cour­aging more re­cre­ational activ­it­ies and im­prov­ing walkab­il­ity. The pro­ject also be­ne­fits the sig­ni­fic­ant por­tion of city res­id­ents who are un­em­ployed, in par­tic­u­lar the 52% of African- Amer­ican males of work­ing age, with new job and train­ing op­por­tun­it­ies in wa­ter man­age­ment spe­cific­ally tar­get­ing this group."

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