Public Workshop Planned in Cedar Falls for Lime Creek, Dry Run Watersheds

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa-Cedar River Basin Interagency Planning Team will host two community visioning workshops open to the public on Wednesday, December 8 at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), located at the SE corner of Jennings Drive and Campus Street, south of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

The group is asking city officials, businesses, neighborhoods and residents that live and work in the Dry Run Creek and Lime Creek Watersheds to define a vision and direction for their local watershed.  Persons attending the workshop will be asked to share their image of what it looks like to live sustainably in their community, considering the environment, the economy and their neighbors.

Dry Run Creek Watershed flows west to east through rural, residential, industrial and commercial areas of Black Hawk County including the city of Cedar Falls and the University of Northern Iowa before out letting into the Cedar River in Cedar Falls.  The Lime Creek Watershed flows north to south in Buchanan County, starting just to the west of Independence and flowing south through Brandon before out letting into the Cedar River.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jim Waddell who brings his innovative Multi-Vision Integration/Vision to Action tool at no cost to the community. The workshop is a hands-on visualization process supported by a professional artist/illustrator.  After the workshop, the artist/illustrator will provide community composite renderings of the integrated visions.

Two workshop sessions are being offered to accommodate varied schedules.  The afternoon session will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the evening session will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Space is limited for each session.  Participants can reserve a spot by contacting Diane Karnish, Iowa/Cedar Basin Integrator, US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District at 309-794-5006 or e-mail diane.e.karnish@usace.army.mil on or before December 6.

The workshop is sponsored by the Iowa-Cedar River Basin Interagency Planning Team.

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