Canals as Greenways

Canals as Greenways

Canals as GreenwaysAs has been illustrated in the areas adjacent to Lake Pont-chartrain over the past century, levees, floodwalls, and pumps are an unsustainable combination for flood control and for maintaining soil integrity and a stable water table. Rather than pumping rainwater, a more practical strategy is to contain it where it falls by means of canals, cisterns, rain gardens, parks, medians, and vacant land. This diversified containment approach makes it practical to hold water while it rains and pump it afterward. The strategy also allows for lower canal walls, which can then double as greenways that provide recreational access to waterways. The jury said this presentation shows both sensitivity to the urban setting and the futility of trying to use mechanical means to out-muscle nature.


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