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Kalona invites public to watershed meeting in North English

May 29, 2013

KALONA — The City of Kalona invites the public to the North English Community Center, 210 S. Main St., on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m., to learn more about how a proposed watershed management coalition could improve quality of life and protect natural assets in the English River basin.

This meeting is specifically designed for community members and landowners in the watershed. A similar meeting held in May was specifically designed for representatives of local governments and conservation groups, who are being asked to consider partnership in a 28E watershed management agreement.

The English River watershed covers portions of Iowa, Johnson, Washington, Keokuk, Mahaska, and Poweshiek counties, and includes the communities of Riverside, Kalona, Wellman, Kinross, North English, South English, Parnell, Millersburg, Keswick, Webster, Gibson, Deep River, Guernsey, Barnes City, Montezuma, and Grinnell. It includes the North, Middle, and South English Rivers, as well as Deep River.

Interagency cooperation and watershed-level planning are gaining traction as very effective ways to significantly reduce topsoil loss and flood-event severity, with benefits to both upstream and downstream communities. A watershed coalition can also leverage grants, specifically intended for watershed level planning, to support agencies that provide education, technical support, incentive-based best management programming, and hazard mitigation services.

To ensure adequate seating and materials, RSVPs are highly recommended. Please contact Jody Bailey at <jbailey@cityofkalona.org> or 319-656-2310 to RSVP, or for more information about this event.

 

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