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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 17, 2007

Temporary closure of Northeast 72nd Street

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department is alerting motorists that Northeast 72nd Street, from North Antioch to North Brighton, will be closed to thru traffic beginning Sept. 17. It is expected to remain closed until Sept. 28.

This closure is being made for the construction of roadway improvements adjacent to development in the area. During this closure, access to the area will be maintained for local traffic.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this closure should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 18, 2007

Wet Weather Community Panel celebrates fourth anniversary

The Wet Weather Community Panel, a part of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department Wet Weather Solutions Program, celebrated its fourth anniversary at its Sept. 11 meeting. The community panel, which was formed in 2003, is a diverse group appointed by the mayor that was created to help shape a plan to address sewer overflows, stormwater management, waterway uses and related matters.

The Sept. 11 meeting also included an update from the Green Solutions Subcommittee, a discussion on a draft of the Conceptual Control Plan and a planning session for upcoming Community Panel meeting topics.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Jan Marcason, 4th District, lauded the panel for its work. “On behalf of the entire Kansas City Mo., City Council and all residents of Kansas City, I would like to thank the Wet Weather Community Panel for its participation and hard work over the past four years.”

Art Spratlin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region VII director of Water, Wetlands and Pesticides Division, also praised the panel. “This [public participation effort] is a model for the rest of the country. The EPA looks forward to working with the Panel and Water Services to implement your recommendations.”

Water Services Department Director Frank Pogge also was present and thanked the panelists for their continued involvement and dedication.

The community panel has accomplished many tasks over the past four years, including:

- Creating and adopting guiding principles for the Wet Weather Solutions Program
- Creating and adopting program goals and objectives
- Establishing priority areas factors
- Developing a public participation plan
- Endorsing KC-One Stormwater policies
- Determining evaluation criteria
- Developing the sewer back-up program
- Evaluating various basin technologies and priorities
- Endorsing the Stream Buffer Ordinance
- Developing the Green Solutions Position Paper, which led to a City Council resolution.

The City created the Wet Weather Solutions Program to lead a direct approach to reduce flooding, improve water quality and protect and restore the natural environment.

For more information, contact Colleen Newman, public information officer for the Water Services Department at (816) 513-0232.

    
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