We are pleased to announce that both runoff candidates for Mayor of New Orleans—LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet—have committed to attending our debate entitled “Flood Risk and Adapting to Coastal and Environmental Change” on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at NOCCA from 7:30-8:30 pm.
Our next mayor faces real challenges when it comes to dealing with the city’s flood protection and the future of living with water, New Orleans’ role in Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and restoration efforts, and the city’s role in committing to climate change adaptation. We will ask pointed questions about these and other issues pertaining to water management. While there are certainly other issues that the mayor will have to address, the events of the last few months have highlighted infrastructural vulnerabilities that cannot be overlooked.
CRCL and the Urban Conservancy are hosting the debate. It’s being presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Our other partners include: the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans, The Lens, the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, the Tulane ByWater Institute, the Gulf Restoration Network, The Okra Inn, Water Works, and the Lowlander Institute.
The debate is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 pm and seating is first come, first served. The debate begins promptly at 7:30.
If you can’t make it to the debate in person, it will be streamed live at crcl.org and urbanconservancy.org. It will also be broadcast on WYES-TV on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 pm.