On the Radio: Charles City named Iowa “River Town of the Year”

Check out this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It features our latest sustainble city – Charles City, Iowa.

After a series of devastating floods in 1999 and 2008, Charles City has rebounded to become Iowa’s “River Town of the Year”.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus on sustainable communities.

The statewide river advocacy group, Iowa Rivers Revival, named Charles City the “River Town of the Year” in early February. Charles City has enacted numerous projects over the past decade to improve the water quality and tourist appeal of the Cedar River.

Among their improvements, Charles City converted a low-head dam into Iowa’s first whitewater kayak course. In addition to attracting visitors, this created an improved fish habitat. They also created Iowa’s largest permeable paving system, which limits storm water runoff and reduces the pollutants entering the river.

Finally, Charles City replaced a century-old suspension bridge that was destroyed during the 2008 floods.

Congratulations Charles City for increasing water quality and recreation.

For more information on Charles City’s efforts, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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