More than 100 volunteers from the water and wastewater industry recently spent a day installing green infrastructure landscaping on the grounds of City Hall in New Orleans. The 9th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) community service project was organized by Students and Young Professionals of WEF. The new landscaping includes two bioswales to alleviate street flooding and protect local waterways by capturing, filtering, and conveying stormwater runoff from City Hall structures. With its location in downtown New Orleans at City Hall, the project is highly visible in the community, helping promote awareness of these stormwater solutions and their benefits.
Donohue’s Andrew Dow had a lead role in project planning, with a focus this year on arranging donations, procurement, and delivery of landscaping materials for the project. This included all of the plants, gravel, and soil for the bioswales from generous New Orleans area suppliers. Andrew is a process engineer in Donohue’s Chicago office.
► Watch the project video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjmRHjxcUIc&feature=youtu.be