Mayoral Forum: Flood Risk and Adapting to Environmental Change

September 14th, 5:30-7:00PM (doors open at 5:00PM)
New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

2017 Mayoral Forum


The flooding on August 5, 2017, shone a bright light on New Orleans’ environmental and infrastructural vulnerabilities when it comes to flood risk, and the need for well-informed leadership on storm water management. To that end, the Urban Conservancy is partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to host a mayoral forum on “Flood Risk and Adapting to Environmental Change.”


The moderated forum gave candidates 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 and the principles delineated in the Paris Climate Accord.

All candidates were invited to participate, and the following confirmed their participation by submitting bios and personal statements on the issue by the deadline: Michael Bagneris, Ed Bruski, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet, Brandon Dorrington, Troy Henry, Matthew Hill, and Johnese Smith.

Sponsors included the Coalition to Restore Coastal LouisianaThe Lens, the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, the Tulane ByWater Institute, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Lowlander Center, the Okra Inn, and the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans.

The Mayoral Forum on Flood Risk and Adapting to Environmental Change, hosted by the Urban Conservancy, was held on the evening of Thursday September 14th from 5:30-7:00pm at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The Forum was open to the public. Doors opened at 5:00pm. The Forum was streamed live at, and and was be rebroadcast will be rebroadcast on WHIV-FM 102.3 Friday at 5:00pm.


Photo by: Rahn Broady, 8/5/17 flood

Inform yourself, inform candidates:

View the 9/25/17 Mayoral Runoff Debate:

Water Collaborative Election 2017 Fact Sheets

Flooding and Subsidence 

Fundamentals of Water Management

Green Infrastructure

Candidates’ Written Responses to Forum Questions