Wouldn’t it be great to redevelop part of Congo Square, Canal Street and/or Poydras’ neutral grounds to mitigate water runoff in and around the Quarter?
I am very proud of the excellent work being done here on water management. Look for continued recognition for our region in regards to this issue.
One such project is the installation of a rain garden in the Filmore neighborhood in Gentilly. NORA, with the assistance of the LSU AgCenter and the city’s Mosquito Control Board, redeveloped a vacant lot at 5302 Wildair Drive by planting 129 native trees, including bald cypress trees and dwarf palmettos. The sidewalk was removed to allow rainwater to flow into the 11,100-square-foot site that can hold up to 88,000 gallons. The water then gradually flows into the city’s drainage system over the course of two days.