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"Greater New Orleans is defined by its relationship to water, and the abundance of water in this region. The Mississippi, Lake Pontchartrain, cypress swamps, and winding bayous once defined our landscape. Today the water is almost invisible. Levees, floodwalls and buried culverts keep it out of sight and out of mind.
We can use water as a resource to improve safety, quality-of-life, and economic vitality in our three parishes. By using vegetation and landscape design to delay water along its drainage pathway, to store water in our landscape so that it nourishes our soils and vegetation, and to drain water only when necessary, we can improve urban and environmental quality, increase biodiversity, and balance groundwater levels."