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PIERRE, S.D. – The City of Pierre is developing plans to make its downtown more resilient to storms and wants your input.
On Monday, July 27, the City will host a public meeting to discuss green infrastructure strategies. These strategies will use plants, soil and natural process to manage storm water. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.
In September, Pierre was one of five capital cities across the nation selected to be part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Capitals program. The program provides the selected cities with technical assistance to aid in green infrastructure redesign.
The technical assistance team will focus its attention on historic Pierre Street, from the waterfront to Capital Avenue, and from the Pierre Street / Capital Avenue intersection east to the state capital complex. After hearing public input, the technical assistance team will develop a plan to better utilize natural resources to manage storm runoff while enhancing the esthetic appeal of the Pierre Street / Capital Avenue corridor.
The technical assistance team expects to have its recommended plan completed early next year.