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Tomorrow Plan speakers: Stormwater projects can help recreation, environment, economy


Municipalities can solve their stormwater issues in ways that are good for recreation, water quality and even the economy, a Tomorrow Plan panel noted Monday at the State Historical Building. 

The panel followed a keynote address by Katharine Burgess, vice president of urban resilience at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. On the panel were West Des Moines City Manager Tom Hadden, John Swanson, district coordinator of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, and Staci Williams of ISG and the Central Iowa Water Trails Incubator. 

You can watch those presentations and an introductory talk by State Climatologist Justin Glisan here. Here are the points at which certain topics are addressed in the video:

  • How addressing environmental issues can generate value: 22:46.
  • Innovative water management/recreation projects around country 35:14.
  • West Des Moines’ Five Waters Project 49:39.
  • How do we pay for all of this? 1:00:49
  • Encouraging partnerships in the post-Des Moines Water Works lawsuit era 1:12:44.
  • How rain gardens and other low-cost projects can help a neighborhood 1:20:26.

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