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  • Sustainable Communities Conference

    August 26, 2015

    Brenda Nelson is co-presenting ‘Lessons from Iowa’s Epic Floods’ at the 8th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference being held October 6-7 in Dubuque, Iowa.

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    • This presentation will examine how two Iowa communities, Cedar Rapids and Ames, have worked to recover since the epic floods of 2008 and 2010, respectively. On June 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested to its highest level in Cedar Rapids history. The flood penetrated 10 sq. miles, almost 14% of the city, impacting 5,390 houses, dislocated more than 18,000 residents and damaged 310 City facilities. The City is now putting in place its “Flood Control System” – an integrated plan that includes aesthetic improvements, greenways, public art, stormwater management, natural habitats, trail connections, upstream watershed management as well as resiliency against flooding. As part of the recovery effort, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is developing a riverfront greenway, comprised of previously existing park properties and additional properties that were flooded in 2008 and have since been acquired by the City.

      Confluence led a multi-disciplinary team to develop concept-level design plans as well as a business/operations plan for three existing park properties and boardwalk connection which represent a long term vision for the downtown riverfront greenway. The plans will be used for future budgeting, construction planning and development.

      For more information visit: http://www.gscdubuque.com/

      Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will provide two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about the convergence of economic prosperity, ecological integrity and social/cultural vibrancy in community design and development. In 2014, approximately 400 people from 100 different cities in 21 states attended the 7th annual event.