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Cherokee's WITCC to host Flood Seminar

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Informative event free to public

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DES MOINES -- The University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research has added four community flood seminar dates across Iowa beginning Sept. 7 and ending Sept. 30.

The seminars have been planned in response to requests from more Iowa communities following five seminars during June and July. The seminars are designed to help people better understand the 2008 Iowa floods and how Iowa residents, as well as local, regional and state leaders can better plan and prepare for future flooding.

The events, which are free to the public, are titled "Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future," and will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Elkader, Cherokee, Red Oak and at Honey Creek State Park.

The Cherokee seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Western Iowa Tech Community College Auditorium in Cherokee.

Topics to be covered include trends in Iowa precipitation; trends in stormwater water run-off; work of the Iowa Flood Center; floodplain management strategies; water quality; the Cedar Falls Floodplain Initiative; rural-urban watershed coalition building; and a review of related state public policy issues. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Following each seminar, refreshments will be served and a limited number of free copies of the book, "A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008," will be available to attendees.

The seminars are being hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, Rebuild Iowa Office, Iowa Flood Center, University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa State Association of Counties.

Flood Seminar Schedule, 4 to 6 p.m.

〈 Tuesday, Sept. 7 -- FreedomBank Community Room, Elkader

〈 Tuesday, Sept. 21 -- Montgomery County Historical Society building, Red Oak

〈 Thursday, Sept. 30 -- Honey Creek Resort State Park, rural Moravia on Lake Rathbun

The upcoming seminars follow five community seminars held in June and July in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Waverly, Mason City and Ames. More than 350 people attended and participated in discussions at the seminars.

Contact for media:

〈 Joe Bolkcom, Outreach and Community Education Director, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Phone (319) 353-2681 (o) or (319) 330-9541 (c)



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