New Orleans Learns to Love Water

June 21, 2016 - Essential Water

“New Orleans filled with water” does not conjure adult a earnest image, during slightest not yet.

The quarrel to stay dry has tangible a city’s history. In a early 20th century, pumps and canals emptied swamps and marshes, permitting growth in low-lying neighborhoods like Gentilly, on a fallen corner of Lake Pontchartrain. Today, when New Orleans practice a storm, runoff enters some-more than 68,000 locate basins citywide, courses by hundreds of miles of subterraneous pipes, and is pumped into canals and over levees into Lake Pontchartrain and circuitously Lake Borgne. The city owes a existence to these petrify and steel interventions opposite nature. And yet, by preventing a replenishment of groundwater, they have contributed to land subsidence—some neighborhoods have sunk as most as 8 feet.

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