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Braley Tours Flood Damage in Dubuque & Jackson Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Monday, 22 August 2011 08:27

Briefed by city and county officials on damage and recovery efforts

Dubuque, IA –Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) toured Dubuque and Jackson Counties to see flood damage these areas sustained from severe storms that occurred July 27-29, 2011. 

Rep. Braley met with Dubuque City and County officials as he visited areas damaged by the floods last month. He received an update on the damage that occurred to city infrastructure including several bridges and the wastewater treatment facility in Dubuque.  Additionally, he toured flood damage at the Swiss Valley Park & Campground and received an update on flood recovery efforts by local officials who are working on public infrastructure and potential buyouts of private residences. In Jackson County, Rep. Braley was briefed by county officials and toured county roads and bridges that sustained damage during the recent floods.

“As people in these communities continue rebuilding from these storms, I encourage them to contact my office for any help they may need,” said Rep. Braley. “I know navigating through government red tape during a time of recovery is the last thing people want to worry about. I’m here to make sure that Iowans get the help they need.”

Earlier this month, Rep. Braley led an Iowa House delegation letter to President Obama urging him to support Gov. Branstad’s request to declare Dubuque and Jackson counties major disaster areas as a result of the severe storms and flooding that took place in these counties.

“Dubuque and Jackson suffered serious damage from the storms that occurred last month. These storms severely damaged Iowa schools, hospitals, fire stations and other infrastructure critical to these communities,” said Rep. Braley. “I strongly urge President Obama to declare these counties disaster areas so they are eligible for the support they need in order to rebuild as quickly as possible.”

As these communities begin to recover and rebuild, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has made low-interest disaster loans available to residents and business owners impacted by these storms and flooding. Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, and businesses and non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged property or other business assets.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE Lost Grove Lake Cleanup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clare Kerofsky   
Monday, 22 August 2011 08:21

Saturday, September 17th, 2011  

8:30-11:30am  

Meet at Lost Grove Lake, Scott County  

Parking lot south of 260th Street  

Between 220th Avenue and 230th Avenue      

Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District, Waste Commission of Scott County and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are holding a cleanup at Lost Grove Lake, Saturday, September 17th, 2011 from 8:30-11:30am. Tire removal is the main need at the site.      

Volunteers will meet at Lost Grove Lake, Scott County, in the parking lot south of 260th Street between 220th Avenue and 230th Avenue.

To RSVP for the cleanup or for more information, contact Clare Kerofsky with the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District, 563-391-1403 ext. 3 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 

 
Braley to Tour Flood Damage in Dubuque & Jackson Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:22

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Rep. Bruce Braley will visit Dubuque and Jackson Counties to tour flood damage that occurred from severe storms on July 27-29, 2011.

Rep. Braley will meet with Jackson County officials and tour county roads and bridges that sustained damage during the recent flooding. Later in the afternoon, Rep. Braley will tour the City of Dubuque and meet with Dubuque officials to see flood damage across the city and throughout Dubuque County. In addition to touring the damage, Rep. Braley will receive an update on flood recovery efforts by local officials who are working on public infrastructure and potential buyouts of private residences.

***TOMORROW***

WHAT: Rep. Braley to meet with Jackson County officials to tour county roads and bridges that sustained damage during the recent flooding.

WHEN: FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 12:00-12:45 PM CDT

WHERE: Kalmes Restaurant, 100 N. Main Street, St. Donatus, IA 52071

There will be a press avail at 12:00 PM CDT.  Media is encouraged to attend the tour with Rep. Braley and Jackson County officials after the press avail.   

WHAT: Rep. Braley to meet with Dubuque officials to tour flood damage and receive an update on recovery efforts.

WHEN: FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1:45-2:30 PM CDT

WHERE: Swiss Valley Nature Preserve, 13606 Swiss Valley Road, Dubuque, IA 52003

There will be a press avail at 1:45 PM CDT. Media is encouraged to attend the tour with Rep. Braley and Dubuque officials after the press avail.

 
Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: Park Rangers Lead Prairie Walks on Labor Day, September 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:17
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Explore Iowa’s prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 5 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Ranger-guided walks of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie will start at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Gravesite Parking Lot.

A park ranger will discuss how and why the National Park Service is restoring this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover’s life. The walk is less than a mile and lasts about one hour. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.

 
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Create Environmental Justice Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:57

Law Will Help Protect Communities from Undue Environmental Harm  

CHICAGO – August 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation calling for an assessment of Illinois’ environmental laws and policies to ensure that no segment of the population will disproportionately bear the adverse environmental and health effects caused by pollution.  

“Race, income or nationality should not determine the quality of the air one breathes or the water one drinks,” Governor Quinn said. “We want to make sure that all Illinois families live in healthy communities. This commission will help us strengthen environmental laws so that every Illinois resident has clean air and clean water.”     

Senate Bill 2193, sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and Rep. Will Davis (D- East Hazel Crest), creates the Environmental Justice Act and the Commission on Environmental Justice.  The commission is tasked with reviewing and analyzing current state laws and policies. Based upon review, the commission will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly to address environmental justice concerns.  

“As a mother of three, I’m personally committed to making sure that all children grow up in communities where clean air and water are protected so that they can develop into health adults,” said Sen. Hutchinson. “The aim of this council will be geared towards ensuring that a person’s income, age, race or nationality does not mean they must be relegated to living in an unsafe environment. I thank Governor Quinn for recognizing this fact by signing this bill into law.”  

The new law addresses concerns about rising asthma rates and other health indicators in parts of the state, especially in minority communities. Medical researchers have observed a connection between types of industry present in a community and childhood asthma rates.   

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is tasked with providing the commission with administrative and other support. The membership will comprise designated members of the General Assembly, community members, environmental and business organizations, health experts, local government and members of the public with expertise in environmental justice. In addition to IEPA, the council includes members from the Departments on Aging, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Natural Resources, Public Health and Transportation.  

The new law goes into effect immediately. 

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