Downtown Water Ways Up for Debate Tuesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is holding its last public workshop to gather input on the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan Tuesday afternoon.

Residents will have an opportunity to review illustrations showing the range of concepts for the kinds of activities that could happen in and along the Des Moines River if the Center Street and Scott Street dams were mitigated.

Over the past two months, the DMMPO has held eight 90-minute workshops. They’ve met with the public and local government officials to explore options for improving 150 miles of creeks and rivers in Greater Des Moines.

The preferences of the public will help form the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan. Once developed, the plan will provide the region and local governments with a road-map for enhancing citizen experiences in and along the 150 miles of creeks and rivers.

This could include more places to go tubing, birding, hiking, paddling, or fishing, as well as offer areas for flood protection and improved wildlife. This is a significant opportunity for the region for many reasons – notably quality of life, economic development, tourism and environmental conservation.

The meeting is at the Des Moines Central Library, in the main floor meeting room wing. The main program will last through 1 p.m., followed by an open-house discussion until 2 p.m.

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