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All Aboard the SOUL Train

The Greater New Orleans region is defined by our relationship with water, which brings economic and recreational opportunities. However, our abundance of water also brings the challenge of flood risk. Our region experiences two distinct kinds of flooding: smaller-scale, localized flooding from rainfall and the potential for larger-scale flooding from tropical storms. Both kinds of [...]


“Thought you would like to know that our front yard did beautifully yesterday!” This message brought to you by the owners of the Broadmoor house that used to get 8″ in their front yard after a hard rain who participated in the #FrontYardInitiative. The driveway on the left and bioswale on the right now capture [...]

Install Rain Barrels Under Your Downspouts to Help Reduce Flooding

While certainly not a solution to flooding, rain barrels reduce the amount of runoff to the City’s pumps and can reduce your water bill if you are an avid gardener and use a lot of water in your garden. If you connect rain barrels to the downspouts they will be more effective. However, I have [...]

New Orleans Health Department wants to Help You Fight Mosquito-borne Diseases

“Parts of the United States that once had steady precipitation are now experiencing periods of drought punctuated by heavy rainfall. Sudden deluges leave behind puddles of standing water—moisture that mosquitoes need to hatch their eggs. In addition, hotter weather is shortening these eggs’ incubation times, increasing the overall mosquito population. Female mosquitoes are the ones [...]

Litter Education for Grades K-5 Receives Unanimous Support

photo courtesy LITTER EDUCATION RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT By Susan Russell / Executive Director, Keep Louisiana Beautiful At a time when our national and state politics are fraught with partisan discord, it’s significant to note that there are some policies that find favor on both sides of the aisle. Such a case occurred last month, [...]


Thanks to Robert Thompson for sending this in… Article courtesy Forester Magazines Everybody loves a party, and nobody loves a good time more than New Orleans, particularly during Mardi Gras when nearly one and a half million visitors flood the city, more than tripling its usual population. But after any good time, there is [...]

Bayou Cutters Sail Along the Banks of Bayou St. John

This morning, the Orleans Levee Board cut the grass on the banks of Bayou St. John. As the photo below sent in by Tommy Lewis shows, they did a tremendous job! Bayou cutters sailed through the grass on the banks of Bayou St. John this morning. Click on Tommy Lewis’ photo for a larger view. [...]

Parkway People Perfect Parks Proudly

photo and info from Robert Thompson click on the photo for a larger view   Whether you call it the “neutral ground” or the median strip, residents and visitors can agree Esplanade Avenue has lush greenery. This hard working crew from Parks and Parkways keeps it that way! Today, James and his crew were removing [...]

Are Delivery Trucks Causing Injuries at Esplanade and Mystery Streets?

Click on the photo for a larger view   Let me preface this post by saying this is NOT an April Fool’s joke. The yellow Americans with Disabilities Act mat on the corner of Esplanade and Mystery is causing injuries. One man tripped over the mat sticking up at Esplanade and Mystery and literally fell [...]

Let’s Not Meet by Accident

photo sent in by Robert Thompson Click on the photo for a larger view   Robert Thompson reported that at 7:30 a.m. this morning two folks met by accident at the corner of Broad and Esplanade. Please slow down, the life you save may be your own. *** info below gathered by Charlie London   [...]

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