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Mayor Mitch Reynolds on River Issues in La Crosse and What's Going on with the SMRT Act

As a river city, La Crosse's fortunes are tied to the fortunes of the Mississippi. The City is impacted by climate change-related impacts including bigger and more intense storms that can overwhelm storm water systems, floods that cause backups into homes and other buildings, erosion that causes road damage and bluff slippage, saturation and weakening of levees, and possible waterfront damage*. These are thorny problems that impact people's lives and livelihoods, and are expensive and complicated to address.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds will talk about how his city is working to mitigate these problems both as an individual city and as part of the Mississippi River City and Township Initiative (MRCTI). And he will talk about a bill now working through Congress - the SMRT Act - that can help cities dealing with these problems.

The LWVLA is a charter member of the Upper Mississipi River Region Inter-League Organization (UMRR-ILO). 

At the LWV UMRR Annual Meeting, MRCTI's Brandt Thorington provided background and information on the SMRT Act. You can see the video of Brandt's talk at this video, starting at the 24.34 point. The SMRT Act is formally the "Andrew Young Saving our Mississippi River Together" Act. 

Monday, December 05, 2022, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
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