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Iowa Watershed Projects: Soap & Chequest Creek Kickoff Meeting
June 13, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Residents in the Soap Creek and Chequest Creek watersheds are invited to attend a community kickoff meeting to learn more about the Iowa Watershed Projects, a multi-year study aimed at reducing the adverse impacts of flooding. The kickoff meeting is scheduled for June 13 at the Great Prairie AEA, Ottumwa, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Iowa Watershed Projects kickoff meeting will provide an overview of this study, which is being conducted in partnership with the Iowa Flood Center and IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. The initial phase will include the completion of a detailed hydrologic assessment of the watersheds, which will identify areas where the implementation of flood mitigation projects is most likely to reduce downstream flood damages.
Funds may be available during the second phase of the project for the design and construction of flood mitigation projects in identified areas.
Larry Weber, director of IIHR, will give an overview of the Iowa Watershed Projects, including a discussion of the study’s phases, timeline, and anticipated project outcomes for the Soap and Chequest Creek watersheds as well as the state of Iowa.
Jerry Parker, Soap Creek Watershed Board, and Charlie Scott, Chequest Creek Advisory Committee, will present information about the Soap Creek and Chequest Creek watersheds, including current projects, programs, and community involvement in watershed initiatives.
A discussion and question-and-answer session with community members will follow the presentations.
Funding for the Iowa Watershed Projects is provided through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Relief allocation and is available only to the 85 counties (or cities within those counties) declared federal disaster areas during the 2008 flood.