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Greater New Orleans, Inc. is to focus on resolving some of the most pressing issues in the area's water management system, concentrating on problems like street flooding, potholes and infrastructure, city officials stated when presenting the new Urban Water Plan last week.
The plan has been developed over the course of two years by a team of local experts and federal officials, accompanied by several Dutch water management specialists.
The Urban Water Plan will cost an estimated $6.2 billion to implement but it can be funded through federal, state and local schemes and public-private partnerships, and will result in an estimated total of $22 billion in economic benefits to the Greater New Orleans area over the next five decades.
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The main purpose of the Urban Water Plan is to ensure the region becomes a more attractive destination for businesses and residents and to provide economic vitality to the area. According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, it sets an example for efficient protection of communities and mitigation of future flood risks.
As part of the plan, Greater New Orleans proposes to set up seven demonstration projects designed to deal with the flooding resulting from stormwater pumping in a series of parishes in Greater New Orleans.