Listen to this week’s radio segment on how the city of Cedar Falls protects itself from future floods – just one of the many efforts that makes it a sustainable city.
Cedar Falls is also home the to Iowa’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and the city continues to conserve energy, invest in renewable power sources and invest in local foods.
In 2009, several local organizations sponsored a Cedar Valley Green Certified Business program, which helps businesses to assess their green practices and implement plans for sustainability.
How can Iowa cities limit flood damage? By following the lead of Cedar Falls.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.
In late 2009, the Cedar Falls City Council passed a law that keeps new buildings drier during flood season – by discouraging building in the city’s 500-year flood plain.
On top of that, the city has installed permeable pavement and rain gardens. They’ve also used additional methods to reduce runoff and keep river levels lower. The local Soil and Water Conservation District works to educate residents about watershed management.
It should be no surprise, then, that Iowa Rivers Revival named Cedar Falls its “Iowa River Town of the Year” for 2010.
To learn about other green efforts in Cedar Falls, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.