NOLA Runoff Mayor Candidates to Debate Water, Flooding and Coastal Issues

The threat of hurricanes, tropical storms and even afternoon rains have highlighted New Orleans’ infrastructural vulnerabilities in dealing with storm water and environmental changes. These recent events have pushed flooding, coastal protection and restoration and the environment to the forefront as some of the most pressing issues facing Orleans Parish. These issues will surely test our next mayor. To ensure that the person who takes over at City Hall is well-prepared on these issues the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Urban Conservancy are partnering the Greater New Orleans Foundation to host a debate with the two candidates for Mayor of New Orleans that advance from the October 14 general election into the runoff. 

The debate is titled “Flood Risk and Adapting to Coastal and Environmental Change.” It will be held at Lupin Hall on the campus of NOCCA on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Doors open at 7 p.m. We ask attendees to be seated no later than 7:20 p.m. No ticket is required to attend the event. The debate will be streamed live at crcl.org and urbanconservancy.org. It will also be broadcast on WYES-TV CH. 12 in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 pm.

This will be a true debate with candidates having the opportunity to answer questions on issues pertaining to New Orleans’ role in Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and restoration efforts, the City’s flood protection and the future of living with water, and the city’s role in committing to climate change adaptation. 

Our partners for this important and informative event include: Water Collaborative of Greater New OrleansThe Lens, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy,The Okra Inn, Lowlander Center, Gulf Restoration NetworkThe ByWater Institute at Tulane University

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