An urban water management plan for the three counties that make up New Orleans metro area.


How can we live with water in the coming decades? The professional team led by GNO, Inc. is developing a vision for a safer and more beautiful Greater New Orleans, one that is built upon sustainable water management principles and best practices. New Orleanians, having inhabited the delta for centuries, can once again embrace water to achieve improved safety, economic growth, and quality of life.


The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan is a resiliency planning study to develop sustainable strategies for managing the water resources of St. Bernard and the East Banks of Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. The project addresses three basic issues: flooding caused by heavy rainfall, subsidence caused by the pumping of stormwater, and wasted water assets.


Because of the speed at which stormwater runs off of rooftops and paved surfaces, even areas of relatively high ground, like the Lower Garden District, are not immune to flooding. Buildings, asphalt, and concrete, do not allow the ground to absorb water.