Neighborhood drain cleaning helps kick off Green Clean Effort on June 4

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Organizers hope the effort will increase drain-cleaning awareness in advance of the hurricane season. Partners in the effort include the 7th Ward Neighborhood Association, St. Roch Neighborhood Association, Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association, the Greater Treme Consortium, the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, Water Wise NOLA, Tulane Prevention Resource Center and more. Foundation for Louisiana is a funder of Water Wise NOLA through its Equity Caucus.

Volunteers representing five different New Orleans neighborhoods will kick-start a storm-draining effort across the city with a cleaning party on Saturday, June 4, at 1855 Duels St.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the site to help launch the “Green Clean Effort” and help recruit and train neighborhood volunteers for cleaning storm drains on their streets. The volunteers come from Treme, Esplanade Ridge, the 7th Ward, St. Roch and Bunny Friend and eventually will team up to clean storm drains in targeted areas of the city throughout June.

Organizers hope the effort will increase drain-cleaning awareness in advance of the hurricane season. Partners in the effort include the 7th Ward Neighborhood Association, St. Roch Neighborhood Association, Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association, the Greater Treme Consortium, the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, Water Wise NOLA, Tulane Prevention Resource Center and more. Foundation for Louisiana is a funder of Water Wise NOLA through its Equity Caucus.

Water Wise NOLA is a program of Global Green, which was is supported by the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative. TheWater Wise Neighborhood Champions Training, explored examples of green infrastructure around the city of New Orleans and lead residents in a mapping exercise, where they planned for the installation of green infrastructure.

Water Wise NOLA also will host a rain barrel demonstration in which residents can build their own rain barrel for $30. The event is free and open to the public; following the event, representatives from the Sewerage and Water Board will host a tour of Pump Station No. 3 located on North Broad and AP Tureaud streets.

Storm-drain cleaning and marking will be conducted on the subsequent Saturdays: June 11 (at Bunny Friend and St. Roch) and June 18 (7th Ward and Tremé).