On the Radio: Preventing flood damage

Below is the transcript of the second installment of our radio segment. In it, we once again hammer home the importance of flood prevention. If you can’t catch the clip on the air, you can listen to it here.

Thousands of acres of farmland, hundreds of homes and businesses and a picturesque Lake Delhi are the latest casualties of another flood-filled Iowa summer.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus

This summer, floods have caused millions of dollars in damage to Iowa communities and farms, and 57 of Iowa’s 99 counties have been declared disaster zones.

As rainfall continues to increase, we know that Iowa will flood again.  Though we cannot prevent floods, we can work to limit their damage.

Today, hundreds of urban and rural Iowans are doing just that – they are volunteering with their local soil and water conservation districts or forming watershed groups.  Right now, some 204 watershed programs are underway across the state.

If you would like to become involved in your watershed, contact your county soil and water conservation district.

If we all work together, we can reduce the impact of future floods.

For more information visit Iowa EnvironmentalFocus.org

I’m Jerry Schnoor, from the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank you, and enjoy Iowa’s environment.

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About jmalewitz

Jim Malewitz is a journalism intern at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. Additionally, as a master's journalism student at the University of Iowa, he is conducting research on non-profit journalism while serving as an assistant editor at IowaWatch.org. Malewitz graduated from Grinnell College in 2009, where he majored in political science with a concentration in global development studies. He loves America, the states of Michigan and Iowa and Detroit Tigers baseball. He also an odd fascination with the former German Democratic Republic. He likes the environment too.
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