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Residents give Input on Indian Creek Plan

MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--People came together this morning to discuss the impact of flooding in Marion.

Members of the Indian Creek watershed management authority are looking for ways to reduce flood risk in the area.

For some Marion residents Indian Creek is a gift from nature, but when it rains, it pours.

Two years ago, we had higher levels of water in our area than we had had in the flood of 2008. So we've seen high levels of water, said Rick Sandstrom.

He says they've seen those high levels for a while now from March to June.

"We can see that the balance isn't right. The water comes too fast and too often, he said.

That's where discussions like this come in handy.

"Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority is engaged in a planning process to try and address to try and address, flooding, water quality and some other factors to protect our watershed, said Jennifer Fencl, Environmental Services Director for East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

Their goal is to find ways to protect residents and the creek itself. The possible answer has various options.

"If we're willing to allow the water to spread out and inundate some areas and cause damage or if we want to invest in infiltration practices, said Fencl.

Practices to help hold the water back, she said.

"Slow it down and not have it go so quickly through the stream channel, said Fencl, but it will take a collaborative effort to find that near perfect solution.

"We have to have a better balance and that balance has to be a combination of modifications to farming techniques it has to be the residential people adapting, Rick said.

The group has been holding similar meetings since 2012.

They hope to have a draft plan for public comment in the near future.
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