News Release – Flood Survey Open for Wood River, Piasa Creek Watersheds

News Release – Flood Survey Open for Wood River, Piasa Creek Watersheds

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News Release

Flood Survey Open for Wood River, Piasa Creek watersheds

Homeowners, businesses, and property owners are invited to take the survey and provide input into watershed plans for the area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             June 24, 2019

Madison County, Ill. –  A Flood Survey is being conducted to identify flooding issues in the Wood River and Piasa Creek watersheds in Madison County. These watersheds are located in the northwest corner of the county and include parts of the communities of Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey, East Alton and Rosewood Heights.

To see a map of the area of the Wood River and Piasa Creek Watersheds (Click Here)

The public is invited to take the survey to provide input about flooding in the two watersheds, which flow through the northwest corner of the county. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wrpc_floodsurvey. It takes just seven to ten minutes to complete.

To take survey without taking it online click here for the printout of the Wood River & Piasa Creek Watersheds survey.  This survey is to be completed and return by August 31, 2019.  Please mail to: Wood River/Piasa Creek Flood Survey – Madison County Planning and Development     157 North Main Street, Suite 254      Edwardsville, IL 62025.

This month, the survey will be mailed to 3,000 randomly selected addresses in the watersheds in Madison County. Additional paper copies of the survey will be available at Alton City Hall, Bethalto Village Hall, Godfrey Village Hall, East Alton Village Hall, Madison County’s Planning and Development department in Edwardsville, and at HeartLands Conservancy in Belleville. Survey responses will also be accepted from Jersey County and Macoupin County respondents who are located in the watersheds.

This survey is a major input to the two ongoing watershed plans for the Wood River and Piasa Creek watersheds. These plans will act as roadmaps to strategically address stormwater, flooding, and water quality issues affecting thousands of people in the Riverbend area.

“Flooding is a big problem for our communities and residents,” said Steve Brendel, Stormwater Coordinator with the Madison County Planning & Development department.  “We are trying to gather new information about where flooding is happening and why. While solving flooding problems will not happen overnight, the survey and the watershed plans will help us start to prioritize future efforts to tackle these issues.”

The watershed planning process is being led by HeartLands Conservancy, and is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Project manager Janet Buchanan of HeartLands Conservancy said, “Flooding has tremendous costs including health impacts, road closures, and damage to homes and infrastructure. This Flood Survey is a chance for people in Alton, Bethalto, and Godfrey in particular to provide input towards the planning effort and get on our contact list for more information.”

The survey results and information from stakeholder meetings will help shape the recommendations in the watershed plans that address flooding, stormwater, erosion, and water quality, among other issues.

This effort is part of Madison County’s overall stormwater management program, which seeks to identify solutions countywide.  Planning has already been completed for the Upper Silver Creek, Indian-Cahokia Creek, and Canteen-Cahokia Creek watersheds, and the American Bottom Watershed Plan is underway. As a result of the Upper Silver Creek Watershed Plan, Illinois EPA awarded HeartLands Conservancy a $500,000 grant to implement projects that address water quality and stormwater issues identified in the plan in Madison County.

The final results of the Wood River/Piasa Creek Flood Survey will be published in a report in late 2019. All individual responses will remain anonymous in the report, which will provide summaries of the data. The report will be emailed to survey respondents who provide an email address, and will be available on HeartLands Conservancy’s website.

For more information about the Wood River and Piasa Creek Watershed Plans, visit https://www.heartlandsconservancy.org/woodriverpiasacreek.php.

For more information about the Flood Survey or watershed planning, please contact Janet Buchanan at HeartLands Conservancy at 618-566-4451 ext 25 or email janet.buchanan@heartlandsconservancy.org.

For more information about Madison County Planning and Development, visit http://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/planning_and_development/index.php.

ABOUT HEARTLANDS CONSERVANCY

HeartLands Conservancy, a nonprofit serving Southwestern Illinois since 1989, is devoted to the conservation of land, the preservation of green spaces in our communities, sustainable and environmentally friendly community planning, and engaging our neighbors with nature.  We are investing in the nature of Southwestern Illinois. Visit: www.HeartLandsConservancy.org for more information.

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