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Huge Green-Infrastructure Initiative Underway in New Orleans

from The Associated Press via The Times-Picayune

The federal government has given New Orleans $250 million for "The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan." The plan's implementation will convert entire neighborhoods into green-infrastructure experiments, where the more-than-60 inches of rain New Orleans experiences each year will be filtered and stored naturally, instead of flushed with ditches and pumps. If the experiments work, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will encourage more cities to follow suit, to prepare for the ever-more-powerful storms and sea-level rise caused by climate change, and increasing urbanization. The plan also addresses the city's subsidence problem, by calling for installation of a series of detention ponds in a 25-acre green space in the Gentilly neighborhood, to divert as much as 9 million gallons of water from the drainage system. By collecting water there, the water table should rise and so counter subsidence in surrounding areas. Does your firm offer green-infrastructure services? Should it? more

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