39 posts categorized "Wetlands"

  • 08/14/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter

Aug 14, 2015
MRGO Press Conference highlights New Orleans' sustainability in the future
Were you able to attend Tuesday's press conference: "10th Anniversary of Katrina: Making New Orleans a Sustainable Delta City for the Next Century"? If so, thanks for coming out to support this great event! If not, no worries...get a quick recap from media outlets that covered the event. 
Labyrinth of Love
Truly a labyrinth of love has been created for our community at the CSED Environmental Learning & Research Center on Florida Avenue, thanks to our volunteers from American Baptist Home Mission Society. They built the labyrinth, uncovered overgrown sidewalks, performed interior and exterior painting and repairs on residents' homes and churches, installed a pulpit, weeded gardens & gravel pathways, cleaned gutters, and engaged in many, many other home rebuilding projects last week. 
Lower 9th Ward Water Wise Workshop
Water Wise will be hosting its seventh workshop in the Lower 9th Ward on August 19th from 5:30pm-7pm at the Sanchez Center!  Everyone is invited to learn how we can collectively take action in reducing flooding in our neighborhoods while at the same time adding natural beauty through the use of rain gardens, planter boxes, bioswales, french drains, rain barrels, etc.   This event is free. 
Author Roberta Gratz to host book signing in Lower 9
About Roberta Gratz will be in Lower 9 to speak about how citizens are recovering in Lower Nine with little help from government. She'll also be signing copies of her new book "We're Still Here, Ya Bastards". All are welcomed to attend the event Thursday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m. at All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave.
Special event to support Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
A Night in Dakar, an annual performance benefiting Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, 1901 Bartholomew Street. The cost is $35 general admission and $25 for young patrons and seasoned supporters. 
The event will feature special performances by The Marlon Jordan Quintet, Ursula Rucker with Tim Motzer, Dr. MonaLisa Saloy and Greer Mendy. For more information, call 504-943-9779 or e-mail [email protected]
Updates from Backyard Gardeners Network
Volunteer opportunity The City of New Orleans is organizing a citywide day of service (Aug. 29) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Take this day to volunteer at the Guerrilla Garden, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., to help with painting, 
weeding, planting and more. Sign up now to volunteer. 
Register for Food as Medicine Food as Medicine, the weekly nutrition and cooking workshop series, will return to the Guerrilla Garden September 3. To register, call 504-875-2948 or e-mail [email protected].
Fall Programming Kick-off 
Mark your calendar. Fall programming at the garden will kick-off Saturday, Sept. 5 with free food, music and activities for all ages. 
Paid lawn care opportunity
The Guerrilla Garden needs a reliable person to cut grass twice a month in Summer, Fall and Spring and once a month in the winter. Those interested in this opportunity should check out the garden, located at 600 Charbonnet, and call 504-875-2948 to give an estimate. 
Artists commemorate Katrina with a special, featuring Lower 9 resident
The 10th annual "Katrina Artistically Revisited" is a special multi-media commemorative event of films, art and music. It's free and open to the public on the 10th anniversary eve of Hurricane Katrina, Friday, Aug. 28, 9 p.m. - midnight, at The Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal Street.
In the theater at 10 p.m., Lower 9 resident Robert Lynn Green, Sr. will be featured in a Q&A entitled "Katrina Story Never Told in Public Before." There will also be a short film by Rick Lavine, M.D., chronicling Mr. Green's second lines each Katrina anniversary. 
In This Issue
CSED featured in local exhibit
CSED was featured in last weekend's "Architecture of Recovery" exhibit from the New Orleans Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. The event commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 
K10 On The Levee commemorates Katrina with yoga & music
Community members are invited to stand on the levee as one strong New Orleans, ten years after Katrina. Join in a free day of yoga, meditation, music and art on the Holy Cross Levee, 500 Deslonde Street, Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event or get more information about participating, email  [email protected]
New art exhibition opening this weekend
The newest exhibition from Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) opens this weekend, Aug. 15. The event, entitled "The People's Murals" is free and open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Myrtle Banks Building, 1307 O. C. Haley Blvd. 
CSED Team 
Chief Executive Officer  Arthur Johnson
Program Manager Kathy Muse
Volunteer Manager Warrenetta Banks
Wetland Specialist John Taylor
Energy Efficiency Assistant Charles Reddick
Community Resilience Assistant Beverly Jackson
Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness  Rachel Pickens
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  • 05/15/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Thank You Tulane City Center Students!!!

Come out and see the wonders wrought by the Tulane City Center / Tulane School of Architecture students on our properties at Caffin and Florida Avenues.
  • 05/05/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Join us this Friday at our Outdoor Wetland Education Center

Please join us as we celebrate the completion of the CSED Outdoor Wetland Education Center this Friday, May 8, 11:45 a.m., at Caffin & Florida Avenues. Tulane City Center students made it happen and will be on hand to share their incredible design/build process.

Check out the planting plan and building scheme. 

See photos of the design/build!

  • 05/01/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Join Us for Mother Earth Day Saturday May 9th

Please join us and celebrate
Mother Earth Day
Saturday, May 9th, 10am - 1pm 
All Souls Episcopal Church
5500 St. Claude Avenue
There will be free food and refreshments, a solar derby race, and much more. 
For more information
contact Rachel Pickens

Support CSED on GiveNOLA Day, May 5, 2015

Support CSED for GiveNOLA Day, this Tuesday, May 5. Last year, we raised $6,009 for the Lower 9th Ward CSED. We've set our goal this year at $10,000 and 300 donors.
Your support will help us to continue our rebuilding work with Lower 9th Ward residents, in the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle, with food security through community gardens, and the renovation of our new office and energy efficiency/environmental education center. 
Donate to CSED for GiveNOLA Day.    We are most grateful for your support!
  • 03/03/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED & Tulane City Center Partner to Create Outdoor Wetland Education Center

CSED has partnered with Tulane City Center to create an outdoor wetland education center on two of our lots at Florida & Caffin Avenues. The project aims to raise awareness of coastal restoration efforts by creating a K-12 environmental learning space that will include exhibits on local plants, outdoor classroom space, a bio swale and rain garden, and access to kayaks that will encourage hands-on learning directly adjacent to the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle.  The existing cypress and red maple trees, the community orchard and the butterfly island will remain and be enhanced.  Planting Plan Wetland Ed Center

You can view the entire project plan at our office at 5130 Chartres Street or just stop by the site.  As always, we welcome and value your comments as we "Sustain the Nine!" Building Scheme

  • 08/26/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Bayou Bienvenue Triangle


  • 07/25/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Community Meeting Saturday 8/2/2014 Re Rezoning of Florida Ave Properties

The CSED owns the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Streets. The site is currently zoned as residential. In order for CSED to use the property as a visitor and learning center along with office space, its zoning must be changed to B-1 to accommodate a non-residential use.  We are required to apply for approval to change the site’s zoning designation. Our application must be heard by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. We anticipate this approval process will take several months. 

If you own property in the area, or are otherwise interested in the neighborhood, I am inviting you to a meeting where you can learn more about what we propose and have an opportunity to present your questions or concerns.  We are required to do this before we submit our application to the City Planning Commission. 

This meeting will take place:    Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

                                                              2636 Lamanche Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 

At the meeting, a sign-in sheet will be provided to obtain phone numbers and/or email addresses so that we can keep you updated if there are any changes to the plans.

We see the site as a great opportunity to develop environmental education and connect the community and visitors with their natural surroundings.  The CSED initially plans to install a modular classroom building on the vacant lot at 2636 Lamanche Street in late 2014 or early 2015.  Future plans include building a Lower 9 Environmental Learning and Research Center. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.  I hope to see you at the meeting on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10a.m., at 2636 Lamanche Street.

Arthur Johnson, Executive Director                                   Phone: (504)324-9955  


  • 04/01/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Hail to Historic Green 2014 Spring Greening !!!

A hearty thank you to all the Historic Green 2014 Spring Greening volunteers who spent a week in the Lower 9th Ward working on community projects. 

5227 Chartres Rain Garden Historic Green Collage

Their energy and enthusiasm produced a rain garden in the back yard of our Chartres Street property and a Bayou Pavillion designed by Anne McTernan with rain catchment and a small rain garden on our Florida Avenue property. 

Bayou Pavillion Collage 1

Bayou Pavillion HG Collage 2

Bayou Pavillion HG6 Rain Garden and Final

But they accomplished much more at our Chartres Street house and at the Delery Street Playground.  They topped it all off by hosting a crawfish boil for the community!

Thank you, Historic Green, for your seven years of support through Spring Greening Events in March of each year since 2008!

Learn more about Historic Green and see their extensive photos of the 2014 Spring Greening event on their facebook page http://historicgreen.org/2014-spring-green-event/


  • 01/13/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Common Ground Volunteers Plant Trees on CSED Florida Avenue Lot

  Vol Group Shot








Many thanks to James of Common Ground Reflief and to their volunteers who planted and mulched 1 pecan, 4 cypress, and 5 red maple trees on the CSED vacant lot at 5620 Florida Avenue.  These volunteers came from near and far: New York, the College of New Jersey Alternative Break Club, the Share Institute from American River College in California, and the University of Mississippi.  These hardworking young people continued their good works that day by planting trees in the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle.  We are so very grateful that volunteers keep coming to offer their many hands in service to our community. Tree Planting Collage

James Tree Box Collage