Greater New Orleans, Inc., a company that specializes in economic development in New Orleans, is making a major announcement that could change the way New Orleanians look at a major rain event.
It is called the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, and its goal is to maximize flood protection in the city.
The $6 billion project aims to find better solutions to long term water problems on the east bank of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes and in St. Bernard Parish.
Local and national experts joined Dutch experts to come up with a plan to reduce the flooding problems, and as Jefferson Parish President John Young says, “it’s about creating a new paradigm on we deal with internal water management in our parishes, Jefferson, and in the region.”
The plan calls for using rain water as an asset to create green space while at the same time increasing flood protection, rather than pumping water out of the area which creates more subsidence problems.