Floodplain expert to speak at Luther June 27

Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities will host a presentation and discussion on floodplain management in Northeast Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Kamyar Enshayan, director of the Center for Energy and environmental Education at the  University of Northern Iowa will present the talk "Floodplain Management and Community Resilience" in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus.

The presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion of floodplain management in the Upper Iowa River Watershed. Decorah City Manager Chad Bird will provide a brief overview of actions that Decorah has taken to manage its floodplain as well as be available to answer questions. Bird serves as Floodplain Administrator for the city of Decorah.  

This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Enshayan served on the Cedar Falls City Council during the floods of 2008. Much like other cities along the Cedar River, Cedar Falls sustained significant damage, disruption, headache and heartache. After the flood, the city revised its floodplain ordinance to give more room to the river. This presentation will discuss the details of what happened and what other communities might consider useful as they manage floodplains. 

Having taught at UNI since 1993, Enshayan's goal is to turn science into action in energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.