Resilience Tours

To request a seat on any of the below tours, email Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.


Guided Resilience Tours will occur Monday, August 24 through Thursday, August 27. There will be two tours available each day and will depart from the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel at 10:00am and 12:00pm and will each last about an hour and half.

When making a request, if you are a member of the media, please be sure to list the outlet you work for and if you plan to photograph and/or videotape during the tour.

The tour bus will depart from and return to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.


Following one of the most devastating manmade and natural disasters in the nation’s history, the Louisiana coastline is more vulnerable than ever before. Battered by years of hurricanes, weakened by the 2010 Oil Spill, and deprived of natural resources by the historic levee system, Louisiana currently loses a football field of land every hour. Yet, from this crisis comes great opportunity and the state today is leading the world in proactive coastal restoration and protection measures, advancing internationally unprecedented solutions to a daunting environmental challenge.

To truly illustrate the breadth of the crisis and enormity of solutions, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), the economic development alliance for the 10-parish region, will be hosting a series of coastal flyovers for the media from August 25th-28th at the Belle Chasse Southern Sea Plane facility. In addition to the guided flight featuring advanced protection and restoration projects, we’ll have a briefing with local coastal experts before the flight and a full discussion / Q&A following the 1.5 hour flyover. The tour will also include a loop around the city for unique views of improved infrastructure assets.

The agenda for this experience is as follows:

  • 7:30-8:00: Pre-Flight Briefing, Overview, and Context
  • 8:00-9:30: Coastal Overflight of Protection and Restoration Sites
  • 9:30-10:30: Debrief and Q&A with Economic and Environmental Experts


Guided boat tours of the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier often referred to as “The Great Wall of New Orleans” will occur each day Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 27. The tour will begin at 9:00am and last about one hour. Travel from the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel to the dock will be provided.


Partner Tours of Resilience

Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans

Following A Powerful Economic Engine: Streetcars, Buses, Paratransit and Ferries in Post-Katrina New Orleans panel discussion, on Friday, August 28th at 9:00am, Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans will provide transportation for tour participants from the Katrina10 Media Center to a bus that will shuttle them to and from the accompanying Carrollton Streetcar Barn Tour at 8210 Willow Street.

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

In celebration of the 116th Anniversary of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and in commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Sewerage and Water Board is offering public tours of several of its major facilities.

In 1899, the Sewerage and Water Board was created by the Louisiana Legislature to furnish, construct, operate and maintain a water distribution system and a sanitary sewer system for the citizen of New Orleans. In 1903, the agency was merged with the New Orleans Drainage Commission for cost effective operations.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to Board facilities. In the ten years post-Katrina the agency has been working diligently to restore its facilities and systems to pre-Katrina condition.

Interested parties should call 504-585-2169 in advance to reserve a space. See below for locations, days and times of availability.

Eastbank Water Purification Plant -8800 S. Claiborne Avenue

August 11-13, 2015 and August 18-20, 2015 –  Tuesday through Thursday
9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Eastbank Wastewater Treatment Plant – 6501 Florida Avenue

August 10-13, 2015 and August 17-20, 2015  – Monday through Thursday
9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Drainage Pumping Station – One -2501 S. Broad Street

August 10th and 12th and August 17th and 19th – Monday and Wednesday
9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Drainage Pumping Station – Six – 345 Orpheum Street

August 11th and 13 and August 18th and 20th – Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.