28 trees killed in Cedar Rapids’ construction accident


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Twenty-eight mature oak and sycamore trees were damaged after a construction misunderstanding. It is believed that most, if not all, of the trees will die.

The trees were marked, and the contract specified that the construction workers for a sanitary-sewer line should take care not to disturb the trees. Despite this, the construction project severed the trees’ roots.

The construction company says that they were unclear that they needed to protect the trees.

Read more about this incident from The Gazette here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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