Stewarding Flood Defenses and Sustainability

Our department strives to enhance the City’s flooding resilience by embracing nature-based approaches to stormwater management. While excessive stormwater is a constant threat to the City and region, these forward-thinking approaches can leverage the power of local ecology to assist our efforts in reducing flood risk while providing other “co-benefits” to the community and environment all the more.    

Gentilly Resilience District

The Gentilly Resilience District (GRD) is the district named in the National Disaster Resilience (NDR) grant slated to receive several green infrastructure projects. As a former wetland, GRD comprises some of the lowest elevations in the city and results in increased flood risk during heavy rain events; for this reason, the GRD is prioritized as a site for stormwater management interventions. 

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The SGI Department assists in the construction of other stormwater management projects in the City that are not funded by the NDR grant. We leverage FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and city funds to complete these projects.  

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Planning and Monitoring Activities

These activities are funded by the National Disaster Resilience (NDR) Grant to assist in monitoring social and environmental characteristics of the city, focused particularly in the Gentilly Resilience District. Doing so, we can stay informed about baseline vulnerabilities and opportunities for green infrastructure interventions, and also understand the impacts of these projects. 

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Upcoming Events

Each project requires public-facing events to ensure there is sufficient community engagement and participation. While engagement activities and recordings are posted under each project on our site, this page shows upcoming events related to our department.  

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