Mississippi River mayors ask for more federal flood funding

4 The Record

With spring right around the corner the National Weather Service says there’s a strong chance the Quad Cities area will see major flooding.

Depending on rainfall and how fast the snow melts, flood stages could reach record-breaking levels in some spots.

It’s one of the concerns mayors of communities along the Mississippi River took to Capitol Hill earlier this month. 

The group — known as the Mississippi River mayors — told Washington lawmakers more federal funding needs to be put toward flooding and recycling along the river corridor. 

Two issues they say are growing threats to their communities.

Now they’re asking Congress to allocate $7.8 billion in infrastructure investments to address this.

The Mississippi River cities and towns initiative represents 88 mayors along the mighty river.

One of the leaders that represented the Quad Cities in Washington D.C. and co-chair of this initiative is Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, who joins us for a discussion on 4 The Record.

Flooding

He’s said in the past that Davenport is looked at as a leader in flood control.
    
We already have preventative measures in place with the HESCO barriers that line the river each year. 

But while he was in D.C., he was one of the nearly two-dozen mayors who told Congress the current funding is not enough.

Now you’re hoping Congress will approve this multi-billion dollar plan to address the flood issues.

Klipsch discussed how the mayors plan to put those federal funds to use and what kind of long-term results he expects to see from that.

Recycling

The other major environmental concern you discussed with Washington lawmakers was recycling.
    
Back in September Klipsch was one of the mayors who called on businesses to help reduce plastic waste by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Plastic pollution in the Mississippi River continues to be a growing concern.

Klipsch addressed what kind of progress he’s seen from businesses in the area to meet that 20 percent reduction goal and how he is hoping to address the issue with that multi-billion dollar federal funding plan.


Question of the week

That brings us to our question of the week.

What do you think needs to be done in the Quad Cities to crack down on plastic waste? 

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