Our Work

Drawing on our team members’ collective expertise, experience, and histories of success in their respective fields, Adaptation Strategies applies innovative methodologies to transform challenges into opportunities. Our transdisciplinary, intergenerational, and diverse team links best-practice planning and management with scientific and technical knowledge to promote economic prosperity, improve quality of life, and enhance resilience. We help communities thrive in a rapidly changing, resource-constrained world.

Pavement removal and rain garden installation, St. Ann Street, New Orleans.  (photo courtesy of Urban Conservancy)

Pavement removal and rain garden installation, St. Ann Street, New Orleans.
(photo courtesy of Urban Conservancy)

Healthy Block INitiative

The Healthy Block Initiative (HBI) was established in 2017 as a partnership between five New Orleans-based organizations to coordinate early efforts around the burgeoning concept of neighborhood GI. The members of the Healthy Block Initiative are: Urban Conservancy, Adaptation Strategies, Green Light New Orleans, Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. HBI partners work with property owners to implement green infrastructure on private property, and with the City of New Orleans to ensure that private property interventions are coordinated with, and are complementary to, public infrastructure projects.

Adaptation Strategies provides planning and design support for green infrastructure installations and coordinates HBI interventions with City of New Orleans infrastructure projects, particularly those funded through FEMA’s Recovery Roads Program.

Baronne Street Bikeway  (photo courtesy of Bike Easy)

Baronne Street Bikeway
(photo courtesy of Bike Easy)

Connect the Crescent

Connect the Crescent was a 3-month demonstration of a continuous, protected network consisting of enhanced crosswalks, improvements to transit, and protected bikeways which featured barriers separating people biking from automobile traffic on routes leading to and through New Orleans’ French Quarter and Central Business District. The demonstration was active from September to December, 2018.

Adaptation Strategies provided bikeway design and installation management services and guidance.

by Stephen C. Picou and Grasshopper Mendoza

by Stephen C. Picou and Grasshopper Mendoza

Andrea and Vivek testing water quality

Andrea and Vivek testing water quality

Louisiana Water Economy NEtwork

The Louisiana Water Economy Network (LAWEN) is an interdisciplinary group of volunteers working to promote watershed systems-oriented, integrated water management as key to the environmental, economic, and social future of Louisiana. These principles are key components of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, which the organization monitored and supported. Between 2009 and 2017 the group met 75 times, serving as a catalyst for Green Infrastructure, a forum for sharing ideas and information, and a powerful resource for promoting best practices for development in both public and private sectors. LAWEN members represent a wide array of diverse businesses, agencies, organizations, and backgrounds.


The Louisiana Water Economy: Our Shared Destiny
Findings & Recommendations for the Greater New orleans Region

Building on our groundbreaking work to define and build Louisiana’s water economy, this report identifies key resources and outlines practical steps to accelerate what we believe to be the state’s most significant environmental and socioeconomic opportunity. Thirteen findings and sixteen recommendations paint a picture of possibilities to align Louisiana’s environment, economy, and people into a more integrated, resilient, and thriving system.


Abita River regional Water Quality improvement Project

ST. Tammany Parish

Adaptation Strategies (AS) is working with prime contractor CSRS to address stormwater water quality affecting part of the Abita Watershed in St. Tammany Parish. The team is assessing the Lake Lambert stormwater retention pond to recommend Best Management Practices (BMPs) to “polish” the stormwater prior to discharge into the Abita River and ultimately into the impaired Tchefuncte River. AS is performing water quality monitoring on a suite of physiochemical parameters, nutrients, enteric pathogens, and indicators of oxygen demand. AS is also leading CSRS’ team efforts to develop a Watershed Management and Restoration Plan (WMRP) for the Lake Lambert Watershed in collaboration with St. Tammany Parish officials. This project is part of a larger watershed improvement program to restore water quality in the Tchefuncte River with the goal of removing it from the EPA Impaired Waterbodies List for Dissolved Oxygen.