Cedar Rapids rejects flood protection plan


2008 flooding in Cedar Rapids. Photo by justj0000lie, Flickr.

A plan in Cedar Rapids to use a sales tax to pay for flood protection was rejected on Tuesday. The tax would have helped raise funds for flood walls on each side of the Cedar River.

Some officials in Cedar Rapids feel that this was one of the last viable ways to fund flood protection in their city.

The plan failed by about 600 votes.

Read more about the plan and the vote from The Gazette here.

Listen to radio segments about the issue from Iowa Public Radio here and here.

Grinnell College’s alternative spring break options help the environment


Grinnell College campus. Photo by Amy Nicole, Flickr

During their spring break, a number of Grinnell College students will volunteer their time to help the environment. Some of the students will head to Cedar Rapids to aid flood relief efforts. These efforts include construction and painting in flood recovery areas.

Other students will stay in Grinnell to help sustainable farming efforts. These students will volunteer at Barney Bahrenfuse’s farm and the Grinnell Sustainable Agriculture Project farm.

Bahrenfuse’s farm is “beyond organic”. He avoids chemicals and antibiotics, and his animals are given ample room to roam.

Some of the food produced at the Grinnell Sustainable Agriculture Project farm will be served in Grinnell’s dining hall.

For more information on alternative spring break options, read The Gazette’s article here.