County supervisors: Coralville lake plan is out of date


Coralville Lake. Photo by Alan Light; Flickr
Coralville Lake. Photo by Alan Light; Flickr

According to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Coralville Lake’s management plan is in need of an update. They have requested funding from the Army Corps of Engineers in order to research and write a new plan.

The reservoir’s current plan has been in place since 1995, and the Supervisors say that it does not account for new conditions due to climate change. Ideally, local Corps officials would be able to make decisions about water levels without having to wait for federal approval. The discretion to make such decisions without waiting for bureaucracy might have prevented some of the damage done by the flood events of the last decade.

The County Supervisors rely heavily on information provided by the University of Iowa Flood Center (IFC), which monitors local flood conditions. If the management plan is successfully rewritten, the Supervisors could act quickly on IFC information during any future flood situation, and more efficiently handle an emergency situation.

Iowa communities hopeful as water levels recede


Des Moines during the 2008 floods. Photo by Jeff Gitchel; Flickr
Des Moines during the 2008 floods. Photo by Jeff Gitchel; Flickr

Despite heavy rainfall in Iowa over the past weeks that has taken its toll on the state, some Iowa communities are remaining cautiously optimistic that the storm may have passed.

Coralville Lake is currently expected to crest at 711.3 feet, just below the spillway, and the Cedar River is already beginning to recede. Additionally, temporary fortifications along with those installed since the flood of 2008 have lessened damage in Coralville and Iowa City.

However, it is hard to predict whether or not communities are out of harm’s way, since meteorologists predict that next week’s forecasted rain will be localized.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials are encouraging residents to be safe over the holiday weekend, particularly if planning water recreation activities.

To monitor weather and water levels in your area, use the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS).

 

Lake Macbride competing for national award


Photo by Macomb Paynes, Flickr

Solon’s own Lake Macbride State Park was awarded $10,000 from America’s Youth Park Program, and has the potential to win $100,00 more with the help of your votes.

The program, created by the National Park Foundation and Coca-Cola, is designed to encourage visitation and provide a grant to restore or rebuild parts of state parks.

You can support Lake MacBride’s chances by voting for it at www.livepositively.com or by “Checking In” at the park on Facebook.  Either way you’re earning points for the park, which is currently in 11th place, to help it receive that prize money. 

Voting stays open until Sept. 6, but you can also support the Iowa park by attending the August 3 fitness event and check presentation, which will take place at Lake Macbride State Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To learn more about the program, visit www.livepositively.com or call Tammie Krausman at the DNR at (515) 281-8382.