CHART News

By Tara Lambeth on 8/3/2017 6:31 AM

On August 3rd, UNO-CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, participated in the Vermilion River Watershed Summit. The summit was attended by members of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Louisiana Office of Community Development, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers, multiple parish presidents, and Governor John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Farris participated in the panel discussion on "Community Risk Decisions" and provided expertise on the Community Rating System.

By Tara Lambeth on 8/1/2017 6:30 AM

The Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, is leading a resident-driven planning process in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. The process is designed to aid these parishes in planning for and adapting to coastal issues. UNO-CHART is conducting an evaluation of the resilience planning strategy and implementation, assisting with engagement, facilitation and education throughout the planning process, and providing support related to the Community Rating System program in the six participating parishes.

 

In August 2017, the UNO-CHART project team, as well as numerous graduate students from the University of New Orleans, were able to attend and document round three of the community planning process. The planning process will continue throughout the year, and UNO-CHART will use the documented notes to evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process.


By Tara Lambeth on 6/30/2017 6:39 AM

In June, UNO-CHART toured Pump Station Number 6 and the 17th Street Outfall Canal Closure Structure.

Both systems play an essential part in helping to keep the City of New Orleans dry - not just during hurricanes and tropical storms, but during everyday rain events as well.

The pump station is the biggest in the world, and can pump an excess of 32 billion gallons of water a day. The Army Corps of Engineers designed the outfall structure to work along with the pumping station during storms in order to help reduce flooding and storm surge.

The tour was a site visit organized by the Sewerage and Water Board in association with the One Water Summit, which took place from June 27th to 29th.

By Tara Lambeth on 6/8/2017 6:10 AM

The Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, is leading a resident-driven planning process in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. The process is designed to aid these parishes in planning for and adapting to coastal issues. UNO-CHART is conducting an evaluation of the resilience planning strategy and implementation, assisting with engagement, facilitation and education throughout the planning process, and providing support related to the Community Rating System program in the six participating parishes.


In March 2017 and May 2017, the UNO-CHART project team, as well as numerous graduate students from the University of New Orleans, were able to attend multiple community planning meetings and document the meeting process. The planning process will continue throughout the year, and UNO-CHART will use the documented notes to evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process.

By Tara Lambeth on 5/30/2017 5:10 AM

On May 17th, UNO-CHART participated in and observed New Orleans’ City Assisted Evacuation (CAE) Exercise. This evacuation exercise involved months of collaboration and planning among city, state, and federal officials, as well as local NGOs, and helped to better prepare the city of New Orleans for future hurricane evacuations. 


During the exercise, UNO-CHART and other volunteer evacuees arrived at Evacuspots and senior centers around the city, registered and received wristbands from Evacuteers, rode buses to the Convention Center for further registration of pets and luggage, and then travelled to MSY to undergo a simulated airport evacuation with TSA, FEMA, and Air Force officials.


UNO-CHART collected surveys and responses from participants to assess what worked and what did not work during the exercise, and asked participants what they think we can do to help build a safer, more effective CAE for all New Orleanians in the future. The project team will share the results once the data analysis is complete.

By Tara Lambeth on 4/20/2017 5:35 AM

Dr. Farris and Dr. Lambeth presented on the CRS Strategy for the State of Louisiana project at the 34th annual Louisiana Floodplain Management Association Technical and Business Conference. 

By Tara Lambeth on 3/18/2017 8:04 AM

UNO-CHART and Louisiana Sea Grant attended the UHN 9th Annual Celebrating Abilities Powwow with a mapping activity for our National Academy of Sciences grant.

By Tara Lambeth on 3/8/2017 8:03 AM

At the American Planning Association Louisiana Chapter's Annual State Conference, CHART participated in a mobile workshop exploring green infrastructure in City Park. This picture depicts a constructed wetland in the park, one of the many resilient strategies City Park is using to improve drainage throughout the park.

By Tara Lambeth on 3/3/2017 7:53 AM

CHART was happy to participate in February's Explore UNO event, and speak to prospective students about our research projects and available educational certificates.

By Tara Lambeth on 11/30/2016 6:33 AM

UNO-CHART was recently awarded a grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program. The project, entitled Multidisciplinary knowledge integration to support Louisiana coastal indigenous communities’ response to natural and technological disasters and adaptation to climate change, is a collaboration with Louisiana Sea Grant and the United Houma Nation. Dr. Tara Lambeth, Assistant Director of UNO-CHART, is the Principle Investigator on the project. The project team plans to work with two United Houma Nation communities to document how environmental stressors affect the livelihoods of these communities and shape the mitigation strategies they use to protect their coastal lands.Team members will record traditional ecological knowledge, local adaption plans, current mitigation efforts, and the tribe’s adaptive capacities. The project team intends to produce a resource that can be used by the United Houma Nation and other indigenous communities that face similar challenges. This work may encourage other mitigation and adaption planning efforts, as well as increase communication between communities and policymakers.

 


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