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PREGRACKE TO MEET WITH PRESIDENTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Linville-Mass   
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:19

East Moline, IL/July 15, 2013 – Chad Pregracke, of Living Lands & Waters, will meet with President Barack Obama and former President George H.W. Bush on Monday, July 15th while attending an event honoring the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award.

In March 2011, Pregracke was recognized as a Service Hero at the Points of Light Tribute, which was held at the Kennedy Center, also in Washington, D.C. Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, recognizes individuals who are making a difference through service and volunteerism. About two dozen past Point of Light honorees were invited to today’s event.

"It just shows clean water is important," Pregracke said of the invitation. "I'm pretty stoked. They requested video and some photos, and it'll be cool to show the president what we're doing. We have had 70,000 volunteers, and we've cleaned 22 rivers in 18 states.

Chad Pregracke started Living Lands & Waters in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and restoration of America’s major rivers and to the education of people about environmental issues. From his single boat beginning, LL&W has grown into an internationally known organization with a fleet of barges and workboats.  LL&W engages thousands of volunteers each year in river cleanups, hands-on environmental educational workshops, the Great Mississippi River Cleanup, Adopt-a- River-Mile program and the MillionTrees Project.

 

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Governor Branstad activates Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Van Buren County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:46

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Van Buren County in response to recent storms and flooding. The Governor’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.

 

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three.  Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: SIGN UP FOR XSTREAM CLEANUP TODAY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandy Welvaert   
Friday, 12 July 2013 13:50

QUAD CITIES—Xstream Cleanup, presented by Group O and Riverboat Development Authority, is seeking hundreds of volunteers to clean up 50 sites in the Quad-Cities area on Saturday, August 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This year’s event will mark the tenth annual Xstream Cleanup.

Cleanup sites are located in Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire and McCausland, Iowa; and Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis, Illinois.

Volunteers can choose to participate in a light-duty or heavy-duty cleanup, invasive plant removal, or storm-drain marking. Storm-drain marking is new to the cleanup this year. All volunteers registered by August 1 will receive a free T-shirt and a pass for a special viewing area at River Roots Live on August 16 & 17.

No previous cleanup experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided. A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 18.

 

Xstream Cleanup 2013 will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Details and signup (deadline Aug. 1) are online at xstreamcleanup.org.

 

Xstream Cleanup 2013 is sponsored by the following. Presenting Sponsors: Group O and Riverboat Development Authority. Platinum Sponsors: Alcoa, THE National Bank, Living Lands & Waters™ and Waste Commission of Scott County. Gold Sponsors: Iowa American Water, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency and The Moline Foundation. Silver Sponsors: Alter Metal Recycling, DHL Global Forwarding, Independent Insurance Agents of Scott County, McCarthy-Bush Corporation, MidAmerican Energy, Radish magazine, R. A Jones, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Sears Seating and Wallace’s Garden Center. Bronze Sponsors: Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Downtown Davenport Partnership, Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection, Great River Brewery and Midas Auto Systems Experts, Inc. Logistics Sponsors: Cities of Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire, McCausland, Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis; Bi-State Regional Commission, Keep Rock Island Beautiful, iLivehere™, Partners of Scott County Watersheds, Republic Services and River Roots Live.

 
Iowa Receives Presidential Disaster Declaration; Iowa Individual Assistance Program activated for Audubon County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:59

DES MOINES –– Gov. Terry E. Branstad today received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 47 Iowa counties impacted by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 19, 2013.

The counties included in the declaration are: Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago, and Wright.

The governor sent the request for the declaration on June 19 in response to significant damage that was caused by heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding in those counties between May 19 and June 14, 2013.

The declaration by the President will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public Assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.

The governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future natural disasters by taking steps now to strengthen existing infrastructure.

Iowa Individual Assistance Program activated for Audubon County

Also today, Gov. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Audubon County in response to recent storms and flooding. The governor’s proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Audubon County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

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Loebsack Welcomes Presidential Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:58

Declaration covers damage from May and June storms, flooding

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed the disaster declaration by the President for 47 Iowa counties.  Last month, Loebsack and Braley lead the Iowa delegation in urging President Obama to approve Governor Terry Branstad’s request for disaster assistance.  Now that the request has been approved, the counties are eligible for Public Assistance.

“I am pleased the President took swift action to assist those affected by the severe storms and flooding,” said Loebsack.  “It is important that our communities have the resources necessary to clean up, repair and replace damaged areas, and to take necessary steps to prevent further damage.  I will continue to work with Iowa families, businesses, and communities to ensure we recover from the earlier storms and that all necessary steps are taken to prepare for possible future flooding.”

Specifically, the counties of Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago, and Wright Counties were included in this declaration.

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