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City to conduct tour for Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

City of Kansas City Mo., Councilmembers and staff will hold a tour on Dec. 17 of current and future water projects with U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas, chairwoman of the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

"We are pleased that Chairwoman Johnson can spend the day with us as we show her our overflow control plans along with the very important green solutions that will make Kansas City's plan the greenest in the United States," said Councilwoman Jan Marcason, 4th District.

Johnson has been a member of the U.S. House Transportation Committee since January 1993. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over water conservation, pollution control, infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. Among other laws, this subcommittee also is responsible for reauthorizing the Clean Water Act.

The tour will begin with a briefing at the Water Department. The schedule is as follows:

• 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Water Department briefing, 4800 E. 63rd St., auditorium

• 10-10:20 a.m.: Green solutions briefing by Center Elementary School students, 8401 Euclid Ave.

• 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: Assembly at Center Elementary School, 8401 Euclid Ave.

• 10:50-11:05 a.m.: Rep. Johnson's media availability, 8401 Euclid Ave.

• 1-1:45 p.m.: Bus tour of Brush Creek from Plaza eastward and tour of Town Fork Creek, 55th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue

• 2-2:45 p.m.: Tour of Kansas City's water treatment plant, 9 Highway and Water Works Road, 1 N.W. Briarcliff Road

The morning schedule includes an all-school assembly at Center Elementary School where hundreds of young students wearing "Learn Green-Live Green" T-shirts will greet Johnson. At the school, she and other community partners will unveil plans for rain gardens, a community garden, green house and other green projects to be built on the campuses of the elementary school and Center Alternative School. These projects will be the first of those planned in the pilot Marlborough Green Project in southeast Kansas City where green solutions will replace gray infrastructure to capture and retain excess rain water.

"Rep. Johnson is going to be a key player as Congress addresses long-term infrastructure needs throughout the United States. We want to make sure everyone understands that water, sewer, and wastewater improvement projects are basic infrastructure needs. We cannot do this alone. We need partners," said Councilman John Sharp, 6th District.

Johnson represents Texas's 30th Congressional District, which is entirely within Dallas County and encompasses a large portion of the city of Dallas.

In 2007, Johnson was appointed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar to serve as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment during the 110th Congress.

Media inquires should be directed to Greg Williams, legislative liaison for the City Manager's Office, (816) 513-1307.

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