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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 5, 2012

Public invited to participate in Brush Creek Watershed planning

Oct. 9 community workshop to reveal alternatives from Brush Creek’s Bruce R. Watkins Reach between Prospect Avenue and The Paseo Boulevard

A Brush Creek Public Workshop will provide the community with the opportunity to review and comment on conceptual alternatives on the Bruce R. Watkins Reach, from Prospect Avenue to The Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. The workshop will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. The public is invited to attend.

The Bruce R. Watkins Reach is one of several project sites in the Brush Creek Watershed offering opportunities to reduce flood hazards and improve water quality. The workshop will present three alternatives that reflect public input received during the meeting with nearby neighborhood and stakeholder groups. The alternatives can be viewed at

www.brushcreekwatershed.com.

The event is designed to help shape the outcomes of the Brush Creek Feasibility Study and the development of a Brush Creek Watershed Management Plan. This work is being led by the

Brush Creek Coordinating Committee through collaboration and sponsorship of the City of Kansas City, Mo.; Johnson County, Kan.; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For decades, hundreds of millions of public investment dollars have gone into Brush Creek for flood risk management, bridge replacement and infrastructure water quality improvements on both sides of the state line. The collaboration among the City of Kansas City, Mo., Johnson County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the community recognizes the need for a comprehensive approach in the 29-square mile watershed. The comprehensive, systematic approach to watershed planning should result in more effective solutions that save taxpayer dollars.

The initial phase of Bi-State Brush Creek Basin Study focused on the Bi-State Reach from Roanoke Parkway west just into Johnson County. Planning is being finalized for this reach and alternatives for it can be examined at www.brushcreekwatershed.com. Click on “Projects” and “Bi-State Reach.”

Other areas of the Brush Creek Watershed will be examined in later stages of the study.

For more information, please contact Carol Grimaldi, Brush Creek Community Partners, at 816-523-2991.

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