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05
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Addressing Floods of the Future: Expert discusses floodplain management issues

by Lissa Blake

“Do to people downstream as you would have people upstream do unto you.”

That Wendell Berry quote was part of a special presentation on floodplain management last week by Dr. Kamyar Enshayan of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Enshayan spoke to around 75 people at Luther College in Decorah Wednesday, June 27 on the topic of “Addressing Floods of the Future.”

A member of the Cedar Falls City Council for eight years, Enshayan has taken the lessons his town learned during the flood of 2008 to try to effect change regarding flood management.

“After the flood of 2008, I called for a moratorium of building things in the flood plain. A few weeks after, where there had been 12 feet of water, the council allowed a guy to fill that spot and build a house,” said Enshayan.

Thu
05
Jul

Clarification on open hours for yard waste disposal site

The caption for the front page photo in last week’s (June 27, 2018) edition of The Standard regarding the City of Waukon yard waste disposal site indicated incorrect hours of operation for the disposal site.

Despite the limited open hours information printed in last week’s caption being posted on a sign on one of the gate entrances to the site location and the same limited open hours information being posted on the City of Waukon website, Waukon Street Superintendent Keith

Burrett wants it clarified that the yard waste disposal site is open to City of Waukon residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A reminder, however, that the disposal site is also under full-time camera surveillance.
 

Wed
27
Jun

Signs of the times ...

A new sign (left) warning of around the clock camera surveillance at the City of Waukon yard waste disposal site on the northeast edge of Waukon near the Allamakee County Fairgrounds will help to further enforce the advisement of the older larger sign also pictured above as to what can and can’t be disposed of at the site. Although item disposal do’s and don’ts have been clearly spelled out on the larger signs for years, continued findings of unacceptable and even hazardous items at the disposal site have prompted City officials to place surveillance cameras at the site in an effort to help enforce infractions and other misuse of the site.

Wed
27
Jun

Waukon to host this year’s Red Rock Threshers Annual Tractor Ride July 20-21

Waukon Economic Development and the Waukon Chamber of Commerce have announced that the Red Rock Threshers Tractor Club has chosen Waukon as the home to base its annual tractor ride for 2018, scheduled for July 20-21. The hospitality displayed in the past to other tractor rides and the scenic area of Allamakee County all played a part in being chosen for their ride this year, according to event organizers.

The Red Rock Threshers Tractor Club is a club made up of members from several towns in central Iowa around the Lake Red Rock area, and the group is based out of Pella. They are an active club that was started back in the 1970s by hosting a local antique tractor pull in Pella, for which they built their very own tractor pulling sled that is still being used today.

Wed
27
Jun

Supervisors discuss variety of information technology matters for County Courthouse and Public Safety Center

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 25 to address a full agenda of items including the consideration of an IT equipment purchase for the Allamakee County Public Safety Center, consideration of a 28E agreement for emergency law enforcement services with Effigy Mounds  National Monument and consideration of joining the Opioid Litigation Group. There were no members of the public present and no Public Comment.

Wed
27
Jun

Senator Chuck Grassley to visit Waukon July 3

Waukon Economic Development has announced that Senator Chuck Grassley will be visiting Waukon Tuesday, July 3 from 1-2 p.m. Senator Grassley will first take a 20-minute tour of the WW Homestead Dairy processing plant and ice cream parlor before being available to the public at that same facility for a 40-minute question and answer session.

For additional information about Senator Grassley’s visit, contact Ardie Kuhse, Director of Waukon Economic Development at 563-568-2624.
 

Wed
27
Jun

Laborshed study to be conducted in Waukon

Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Waukon area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Waukon’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.

For the success of this study, letters will be sent to employers in Waukon asking that they provide aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow determination of the scope and scale of Waukon’s Laborshed area and better understanding of where Waukon’s workforce resides.

Wed
27
Jun

Blackhawk Park, other landings closed as river levels continue to rise

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District has closed Blackhawk Park near De Soto, WI temporarily due to rising river levels. The Corps has also closed three other Mississippi River landings due to the high river stages from recent heavy rains, including Bad Axe and Jay’s landings in Wisconsin and Millstone Landing in Minnesota.

Those who have upcoming reservations at Blackhawk Park may contact park staff at 608-648-3314, or they may be contacted by park staff as those reservation dates approach. The Corps will re-open the park and landings as conditions allow.

Wed
27
Jun

Questionnaire in regard to 2016 flooding to be mailed to random area addresses in near future

In the coming weeks, Luther College in Decorah, in partnership with the Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority, will be releasing a short questionnaire about the 2016 flooding events in the local area. This survey will be sent to a random sample of 2,250 addresses within the Upper Iowa River Watershed, which includes portions of Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa.

Whether or not an individual or household was directly impacted by these flooding events, resident and business owner responses are important to the work being conducted by Luther College and the Upper Iowa Watershed Management Authority as they strive to understand the multiple ways flooding impacts communities. Ultimately, the hope is to evaluate how to make local communities more resilient to flooding.

Wed
20
Jun

Bridge replacement ...

The replacement of the Green Valley Bridge just north of Waukon is fully underway, with the photos above and at right showing the removal of the previous bridge structure nearly complete as of Monday, June 18. Completion of the project is expected to take about two months, depending upon the weather, and the project is a joint venture between Allamakee County and the City of Waukon, with the State of Iowa providing a majority of the funding for the project.

Despite Green Valley Road being closed near its intersection with State Highway 9 north of Waukon, temporary access to Green Valley Getaway is still available via the graveled area to the very left of the top photo. However, as the sign at left also says, that graveled access is not for traffic seeking further access through to Green Valley Road. Standard photos by Joe Moses.
 

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