24 posts categorized "Water"
The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED) has purchased the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Street from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA).
The purchase of these properties will support and enhance our ongoing effort with partners to restore the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle into a healthly wetland which can once again serve as a natural surge barrier and a recreational haven for our community. In 2007, we helped to build the Bayou Bienvenue Platform located directly across Florida Avenue from these lots. The CSED acts as the caretaker of the platform site, provides tours by a Lower 9th Ward native bayou guide, and engages in community outreach and environmental education. Use of these properties will further enhance our mission to reconnect Lower 9th Ward residents with the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle & the waters that surround them.
Current CSED plans for these lots include regular maintenance, soil sampling, fencing, tree plantings, and the development of a community orchard. We are honored to be able to give new life and purpose to these former homesites of displaced Lower 9th Ward residents.
John Taylor works for the CSED as Wetlands Specialist. "Thoughts from A Special Place" will be made of his quotes and photographs about the Bayou.
John has spent most of his life enjoying Bayou Bienvenue hunting, fishing, admiring, interacting, (teaching people) and taking photos of the bayou and the wildlife in and around the triangle
Please stay tuned to this blog to see some of his beautiful work!
Great new online resource has just been launched: Living With Water.com. A team, led by Waggonner & Ball Architects, is developing an Comprehensive, Sustainable, Integrated Water Management Strategy for St. Bernard Parish and the East Banks of Jefferson and Orleans Parish. Sign up to receive updates on this important initiative.
"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."