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Posted 3/26/2012

Release no. 12-03-18


Rock Island, Ill. -- (March 26, 2012) The media is invited to attend the Indian Creek Watershed Pilot Study Workshop II at the City of Marion Council Chambers at City Hall in Marion, Iowa, Thursday, March 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

 

The workshop is the second in a series of meetings bringing together stakeholders from the Indian Creek Watershed to clarify community visions and work towards an ecological, economical and socially sustainable watershed. Workshop participants will discuss opportunities and challenges to making changes and promoting action.

 

Workshop attendees include local government, agricultural and environmental organizations, elected officials, researchers and other interested parties. They are led by the Iowa-Cedar Interagency Coordination Team consisting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and many other partners.

 

The workshops are a pilot component of a larger effort to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the Iowa-Cedar River Basin and the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The plan was initiated following the devastating floods of 2008 in an effort to reduce flood risk while increasing the social, economic and environmental values of the basin’s land and water resources.

 

The Indian Creek Watershed includes 93 square miles of land that drains into Indian Creek and its tributaries Dry and Squaw creeks. Urban areas include Hiawatha, Alburnett, Robins, Marion, and a northeast portion of Cedar Rapids. The watershed is affected by how the land is used, and affects those basins downstream including the Cedar River and the Mississippi River.

 

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