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Resilience Now a Top Priority for Dubuque

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Dubuque's Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration

The City of Dubuque is broadening its efforts to become more sustainable. The city council has created a new Resilient Community Advisory Commission with nine members.

Michelle O'Neill reports it replaces the the city's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission.


Cori Burbach, Dubuque's Sustainability Coordinator, says the new commission will study and make recommendations about environmental issues, but also the economy and the city's social and cultural life.

The new commission will work on providing equal access to services that help people recover from a disaster or the closure of a large employer.

Dubuque's Upper Bee Branch Restoration is designed to prevent flooding and is one example of a resilience project that's already underway.

Burbach says three members of the new group already serve on other city commissions, and six are at-large.

The Resilient Community Advisory Commission will study ways to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats, along with finding opportunities for Dubuque and its residents.

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