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Flood of 2010

August 6, 2010

Loebsack, Boswell to President Obama: We must update reservoir management plans

Coralville, Saylorville, Red Rock and Rathbun Lake reservoirs are outdated and must be reviewed

WASHINGTON — Iowa Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Leonard Boswell have written to President Obama, urging management plans for the reservoirs at Coralville, Saylorville, Red Rock and Rathbun Lake be studied and updated.

“Our reservoir management plans are a continuing source of concern and debate,” said Loebsack. “Families, businesses, communities, and farmers in my district rely on these reservoirs to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property. We must update the plans through a fair, and scientific study, and we must explore updating management practices, including the water release-rate policies.”

“With Iowans facing their second summer of flooding in two years, we must make sure that the tools and plans that the Corps and affected communities use are up-to-date and balanced,” said Boswell. “I share the concerns that have been raised this summer about these reservoir management plans as water levels at Saylorville and Red Rock Lakes rose dangerously close to devastating thousands of Iowans and their homes and businesses. We must take the time to scientifically review these plans in order to prevent such situations in the future.”

Loebsack and Boswell have worked with the Corps and affected communities since the Floods of 2008. Loebsack and Boswell have also hosted town-hall like meetings with communities and the Corps, requested funding for flood-risk modeling, and written to the Corps expressing the continued concerns of residents in the affected areas.

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