The nation’s brightest minds and most committed leaders will come together at the One Water Summit 2017 to
discuss our most pressing water challenges and most promising solutions.
One Water Summit 2017 offers several site visits that provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to see first-hand some of the innovative water work in Greater New Orleans. Generously hosted by local organizations, the site visits offer an in-depth view into the challenges, opportunities, progress, and partnerships to secure New Orleans’ water future. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH GREEN INFRASTRUCTUREHosted by the City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans FoundationParticipants will learn about New Orleans’ approach to green infrastructure and how it supports the city’s existing drainage system. They will explore green infrastructure demonstration projects implemented by various public agencies and nonprofits and learn about large-scale innovative urban water management projects that support the region’s vision of “living with water.” Participants will learn how New Orleans is reducing flooding and subsidence, improving water quality, reducing the burden on existing drainage infrastructure, creating inclusive workforce and economic development opportunities, and improving health and quality of life through a comprehensive approach to building city resilience through green infrastructure. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen recommended. EXTREME WATER INFRASTRUCTURE: HISTORIC DRAINAGE PUMP STATION NUMBER 6 AND THE 17TH STREET OUTFALL CANAL CLOSURE STRUCTUREHosted by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the US Army Corps of EngineersBuilt in 1899, Pumping Station Number 6 holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the largest pumping station in the world. The levee breaks following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were an anomaly for New Orleans. During heavy downpours before and since then, New Orleans is protected by an elaborate drainage network, featuring 24 drainage pumping stations which collect water from street drains and canals throughout the city. The crown jewel is Pumping Station Number 6, which then delivers stormwater to Lake Pontchartrain. The system's pumping capacity is over 32 billion gallons a day, enough to fill the Superdome in 42 minutes. Participants will also tour the US Army Corps of Engineers’ massive 17th Street Outfall Canal Closure Structure, a post-Katrina structure designed to work in tandem with Pump Station Number 6 during a storm by preventing hurricane surge from entering the canal while still allowing critical internal drainage operations to continue unimpeded. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen recommended.WETLANDS IN THE BACKYARD: BAYOU BIENVENUE & THE LOWER 9TH WARDHosted by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & DevelopmentNew Orleans’ vibrant and historic Lower 9th Ward neighborhood was the hardest hit when the Industrial Canal levee broke and Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge into the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet inundated the community. This tour will bring participants to see the remarkable progress the community has made, including a stop at Bayou Bienvenue—an urban wetland, which has been the focus of national interest and a beacon of hope for solutions. Less than five miles from downtown New Orleans, this special place is a classroom, a laboratory, a gathering place, and a window to the threatened landscape.
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