The Water Resources Coordinating Council is holding public input sessions regarding watershed/flood plain management recommendations that will be presented to the Governor and General Assembly by November 15, 2009, as specified in HF 759. The press release, including the dates, times, and locations of the public input sessions, is below.

The draft recommendations may be viewed at Information about the process to date of generating the recommendations is available at We will soon have the ability to take public comments via the RIO web site.

It would be appreciated if you could get word to your members or colleagues about the public input sessions, and encourage their attendance.

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Rebuild Iowa Office

Governor Chester J. Culver
Lt. Governor Patty Judge
Lt. General Ron Dardis, RIO Executive Director

Sept. 23, 2009
Media Contact: Tina Potthoff
Communications Director
Rebuild Iowa Office
(515) 242-5232 (o)
(515) 975-9211 (c)
Fax: (515) 242-5006

*** Media Advisory ***
Feedback Will be Used to Finalize Recommendations for the Iowa Legislature

(Des Moines) - The Flood Plain Management Subcommittee of Iowa's Water Resources Coordinating Council will host a series of public input meetings to gain feedback from Iowans about recommendations for a watershed management approach to reduce the adverse impact of future flooding on the state's residents, businesses and communities, as well as on soil and water quality.

The first two meetings will be in Mount Pleasant and West Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and additional meetings will be held in Ankeny and Waverly on Oct. 6 and Lewis and Storm Lake on Oct. 8.

Public attending the meetings will have an opportunity to give feedback on draft recommendations, which may be viewed prior to the meetings at<>. Subcommittee members will take feedback from all six meetings into consideration as they create the final version of recommendations for the upcoming session of the Iowa Legislature. The recommendations are required by a law passed in the 2009 Legislative session.

Bill Ehm of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Chuck Gipp of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, co-chairmen of the Flood Plain Management Subcommittee, encourage public participation in hopes of making the most complete recommendations possible with the assistance of the state's residents.

What: Public Input Sessions

Who: The meetings are being hosted by the Flood Plain Management Subcommittee of the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council.

Subject: Feed back on draft recommendations for watershed management created by the subcommittee in response to House File 759, legislation passed in 2009.

When and where:

* Sept. 29

o 2-4 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center, 307 East Monroe Street, Mount Pleasant.

o 6-8 p.m. at the Hoover Library and Museum, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch

* Oct. 6

o 10 a.m. to noon at the Ankeny Public Services Building, 220 W. 1st Street, Conference Room A, Ankeny

o 5-7 p.m. Waverly Civic Center, 200 E. 1st St. N.E., Waverly

* Oct. 8

o 10 a.m.-noon at the Wallace Foundation Learning Center, Armstrong Research Farm, 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis

o 4-6 p.m. at the Sunrise Pointe Municipal Golf Course, 1528 E. Lakeshore Drive., Storm Lake

Who May attend: Open to the public

*For more information contact Communications Director Tina Potthoff with the Rebuild Iowa Office at (515) 242-5232.


Aaron Todd
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