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Pelosi on public lands

I’ll have more Thursday on Cedar Rapids farmers markets. For now, this just came in from Nancy Pelosi’s office on protecting public lands for future generations:

Washington, D. C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following passage of H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, by a vote of 285 to 140. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law:


“Today, the House passed a landmark bill to conserve public lands for future generations of Americans.  This bipartisan legislation creates more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, and provides the greatest expansion of wilderness areas in 15 years, including more than 700,000 acres in my own state of California. 


“The public lands bill protects a thousand miles of rivers—a 50 percent increase in the wild and scenic river system.  It establishes new national trails, national parks, national conservation areas, and a new national monument.  It provides the protection of law to the National Landscape Conservation System, which was created administratively in 2000 to manage the ‘crown jewels’ of the Bureau of Land Management, containing some of the most spectacular landscapes in the West.


“In this challenging time of drought in the West, the lands act also includes numerous water-related provisions that will help manage the drought, improve aging infrastructure, recharge groundwater supplies, and promote the reuse and recycling of water.  The bill also contains a historic settlement to restore the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley of California. 


“The provisions in this bill were developed in communities across America by local supporters, working together with their elected representatives.  As a result, the bill enjoys broad support from wildlife, conservation, hunting and fishing, and outdoor business groups across the country.  This is a day of celebration for all who treasure and enjoy our natural and cultural heritage.”


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Rain gardens

Presented by:  Lucy Hershberger Forever Green Inc.

Sat. September 6th 10 am

Rain gardens are gardens designed with a purpose: they reduce runoff into our rivers and streams, which reduces pollution and flooding.  Participants will learn what a rain garden is, how it works, and how to determine the location, size and best plants to use in their rain garden. 


The near record rainfalls we had this year demonstrated the need to manage surface runoff  help reduce flash flooding and pollution in our rivers and streams.  Rainfall used to be absorbed into the ground as it fell. Now roads, parking areas and buildings channel water and the pollutants it carries into storm sewers that drain directly into streams and rivers.  Rain gardens can absorb most rainfalls and reduce these problems while enhancing the appearance of your yard. 


Lucy Hershberger, Forever Green Inc., will show you how you can plant a rain garden that will help reduce the runoff problem.  This hands-on seminar will offer participants an opportunity to see a rain garden under construction, learn what a rain garden is, how it works, and how to determine the location, size and best plants to use in their rain garden.


Location:  Forever Green Garden Center  

125 Forevergreen Rd. Coralville, Iowa


For information contact:

Lucy Hershberger Forever Green Inc.

319-626-6770 or e-mail

This event is free to the public.

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