Nature-Based Solutions Program

One of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s goals is to leverage the state’s vast network of natural ecosystems to protect communities and enhance statewide resilience to floods and other hazards. In addition to the economic and recreational benefits of Louisiana’s landscape, the state can benefit from the role its natural resources play in absorbing and detaining floodwaters, enhancing water quality and buffering the impact of storms.

These types of strategies, which use nature to enhance the community, restore water quality and slow the movement of stormwater, are called nature-based solutions.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

LWI and Nature-Based Solutions

LWI will weave nature-based solutions into every facet of the program by:

  • Funding projects that harness natural features to reduce flood risk and improve water quality
  • Providing training and technical resources to advance understanding and adoption of nature-based solutions
  • Prioritizing nature-based solutions across state programs and projects
  • Using tools to quantify benefits and measure performance of these actions on our natural environment

Working With Nature Training Series

The state is hosting a series of nine training modules on nature-based solutions. The modules provide the knowledge and training necessary to design and develop nature-based solutions projects that can address various types of flood risk throughout the state.

FALL 2021
MODULE NO. 1

Introduction to working with nature and Vermilion River case study


Module No. 1 Presentation
Module No. 1 Webinar Recording
MODULE NO. 2

Designing with nature-based solutions in rural areas and open space

Save the date: 1 p.m. Nov. 17

MODULE NO. 3

Designing with nature-based solutions in urban areas

Save the date: 1 p.m. Dec. 15

WINTER 2021
MODULE NO. 4

Nature-based solutions in roadway transportation and land use design and development

MODULE NO. 5

Beyond flood risk—the co-benefits of nature-based solutions

MODULE NO. 6

Federal programs and nature-based solutions

SPRING/SUMMER 2022
MODULE NO. 7

Valuing nature-based solutions: the cost-benefit analysis

MODULE NO. 8

Operating and maintaining nature-based infrastructure solutions

MODULE NO. 9

Implementing nature-based solutions