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Louisiana and Israel Face Water Issues Together

Louisiana and Israel Face Water Issues Together

November 1, 2018

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WAFB9 – On Monday, October 29, Ben-Gurion University, Louisiana and the Water Institute of the Gulf Coast signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to major research developments in Louisiana’s constant battle with flooding and erosion.

BGU is considered a global authority in research and development, and both Louisiana and Israel have experience with water issues.

“In theory, we are completely different. Typically, Louisiana suffers from excess of water and floods. [In Israel,] we are suffering from lack of water and scarcity,” says Prof. Noam Weisbrod, director of BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards; Water Institute of the Gulf CEO Justin R. Ehrenwerth; BGU Prof. Noam Weisbrod, director of the Blaustein Institutes; and Prof. Angel Porgador, BGU deputy dean for research and development

However, Weisbrod says studying the two opposite problems can actually lead to similar, mutually beneficial solutions. That’s why the state is partnering with the University to conduct science that’s driven by necessity.

In Louisiana this collaboration could lead to cleaner water, tighter pipes and smoother drainage. That means less flooding and fewer health concerns for residents.

“The more advanced our science is, the more advanced our technology is, the more resilient our communities will be, the better prepared we will be for the next storm. It’s going to take the best available minds to keep us safe,” says Justin Ehrenwerth, president of the Water Institute of the Gulf Coast.

Specific plans for the partnership are still in the works, but it’s another first step on a busy trip overseas that could have a real impact on Louisianans.

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