By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CAMANCHE — Maintaining historical foundations of eastern Iowa is the goal of many local organizations but keeping Iowa’s Great River Road thriving, is the mission of the Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission.
To solicit community involvement in that mission, Clinton County Commissioner Edith Pfeffer and a few of her partners in the IMRPC are hosting a public meeting next week to garner steam for their comprehensive management plan for Iowa 67.
“It’s just an information gathering meeting and an opportunity to share information that we’ve gathered over the last year,” Pfeffer said. “It’s interesting because different areas along the Great River Road offer different things so we’re looking at Clinton County and what we have along this road that we can share.”
The meeting, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, will offer an opportunity for guests to express their opinions about the Great River Road and how they feel it can be improved.
Among those invited are city government officials, Clinton County officials and members of the Clinton County Conservation organization who have a stake in what happens on the Great River Road.
Clinton County Conservation Director Walt Wickham plans to attend the meeting because he feels it benefits the conservation programs in Clinton County and will increase the tourism interest in the area.
“Rock Creek and the Eco Center are just off the Great River Road and it’s a major tourist attraction,” Wickham said. “Whatever they are doing will impact us and it helps attract people there and helps promote our vision of environmental education and recreation.”