1 New Orleans neighborhood, 150 stormwater catchment projects | Louisiana News

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans has completed stormwater catchment and slow release projects in 150 homes in a neighborhood. The work could help more than 441,000 gallons (1.7 million liters) of water reach the ground rather than pooling in backyards and streets and ending up in the drainage system, according to a statement from city ​​press.

“Together, we are building a path to a more resilient future by learning to live with water,” Joseph Threat, a project manager, said in the press release Wednesday. “Our community’s efforts to retain water on their own property are an important component and an effective response to green infrastructure.”

The work is part of a $ 5 million project to make such improvements to up to 200 homes in the Gentilly neighborhood to reduce flooding.

At Lydia Taylor, contractors removed over 100 square feet (9 square meters) of concrete and created a patio made of pavers that let water flow to the ground. Other upgrades include rain barrels, infiltration trenches, rain gardens, rainwater planters that catch water and release it slowly, and trees that suck water through their roots.

“We had a rainy day and I got out just to see if I had any water that had settled, and the permeable pavement area was totally dry. It was amazing,” Taylor said in the press release from the mayor’s office and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.

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Taylor’s yard can now pick up 6,170 gallons (23,300 liters) of stormwater, slightly less than the first 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain on his house and yard during a major storm.

Under the $ 5 million project, homeowners can get up to $ 25,000 from interventions such as rain barrels, storm planters and permeable sidewalks, which allow rain to reach the ground below them. The city won a federal grant of $ 141 million in 2016 to make the Gentilly district a “district of resilience”. The program allows homeowners to work with local landscape architects and building contractors and choose the upgrades they want.

“The Gentilly Project is one of the most comprehensive green infrastructure projects we have seen in our city so far,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This program also engages low to moderate income residents who otherwise would not have the opportunity to build items like this on their properties.”

Across the city, $ 270 million is spent to create spaces for rainwater.

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