A $2.5 million plan could see New Orleans embrace its water resources and help create a new identity similar to the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Urban Water Plan, developed by local firm Waggoner and Ball in collaboration with a team of international water management experts, addresses groundwater and stormwater as critical factors in shaping a safe, livable, and beautiful city. Forecasters predict the upcoming hurricane season to be quieter than usual. Though New Orleans…