Thursday: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and New Orleans Mayor Landrieu to Commemorate Completion of New Orleans Rain Garden Project
Release Date: 02/05/2014
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, 214 665-2200 or R6press@epa.gov
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Thursday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in New Orleans to meet with city officials and highlight the city’s efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
McCarthy will join New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to commemorate the completion of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s new pilot rain garden and speak on climate resiliency at 5302 Wildair Drive in the Fillmore neighborhood. This demonstration project is designed to collect, temporarily store, and clean up to 500 gallons of rainwater and allow it to gradually flow into the City’s drainage system. Rain gardens mitigate flooding risk and help reduce subsidence. This is the first project connected to the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan which provides a long-term urban water management plan for Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes.
While in New Orleans, McCarthy will also meet with students and local business leaders to discuss President Obama’s efforts to address climate change and EPA’s ongoing work with cities across the country.
WHO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Mayor Mitch Landrieu
WHEN: Thursday, 3 p.m., February 6, 2014
WHERE: 5302 Wildair Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122