NOLA Neighborhood Drainage Workshop


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A basic how-to for New Orleans residents seeking to understand more about stormwater and drainage. Developed when I was an extension agent with the LSU AgCenter

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NOLA Neighborhood Drainage Workshop

  1. 1. Homeowner DrainageSolutionsSimple Steps to Protect Your Home& Property from Damage by TakingResponsibility for Stormwater onYour PropertySteve PicouSustainable Housing AgentLSU AgCenterwww.lsuagcenter.comWhat do you perceive as the biggest problem with stormwater?Have you taken any steps to deal with it on your property?
  2. 2. In New Orleans, this is a big problem. Even if this isn’t in your block, it could be affecting you. Keep catch basins clean! Esplanade Ave
  3. 3. Have you ever done this? Also on Esplanade Ave across the street from the clogged drain.
  4. 4. This is the Langston Hughes construction site. This is a violation and has been reported to LDEQ. Call (888) 763-5424 to report violations toLDEQ
  5. 5. Derby Place July 11, 2010Bayou Derby July 11, 2010
  6. 6. Derby Place July 11, 2010
  7. 7. When we think of the watershed we don’t think our home and yard could be part of this “natural” system. But we are Nature. And everythingwe do affects the system.
  8. 8. Runoff from roadways, homes, businesses and construction sites contribute to sediment loads in area streams and lakes.
  9. 9. Where does water enter andleave your property?Make sure water drains away from foundationLandscape your yard to minimize runoffPreserve established treesPlant rain gardens of native plantsGutters drain to rain barrels or rain gardensReduce concrete & install permeable systems
  10. 10. Roof Runoff Can Damage YourFoundation1” of rainfall on a 1000 sq ft roof produces between 600 and 800 gallons of runoff
  11. 11. Landscaping for Water:Rain GardensSlow the runoffReduces demand on infrastructureReduces impact on neighborsCleans the waterBeautifies and provides habitatRestores the ecosystemProperly done does not breed mosquitoes which need 7 days of stagnant water
  12. 12. Rain gardens detain and slow the water without letting it pond long enough to breed mosquitoes. Lots of mulch, and NOT CYPRESS MULCH,make it porous and healthy.
  13. 13. Rain Harvesting SystemsHarvest rainwater for irrigatinggardens, plants and lawnsSave money: you pay twicewhen using city waterSaves energy
  14. 14. Less HardscapeMore Permeable SystemsDriveways and sidewalksInterlocking paversGrass-pave systemsGravel and limestone
  15. 15. Traditional brick driveway with no mortar or sand
  16. 16. Grass pave system
  17. 17. Permeable interlocking paver lot across from Morial Convention Center
  18. 18. Gravel driveway with borders
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  21. 21. Where does waterenter and leave yourproperty?Steve PicouSustainable Housing AgentLSU