We believe that out of great challenges, we can create great opportunities. Throughout the past fifteen years record-setting rain has overwhelmed the North End neighborhoods of Dubuque. Between 1999 and 2011, six Presidential Disaster Declarations were issued with total damage estimates of almost $70 million. After years of community input, study and planning, the City embarked upon a course of action to prevent the significant and frequent flash flooding experienced in the Bee Branch Watershed.
Recommended by citizens and designed with resident input, the Bee Branch Creek Restoration is at the heart of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project. Replacing almost one-mile of the buried Bee Branch storm sewer with the restored creek and floodplain protects over 1,373 homes and businesses from future flooding while creating a beautiful linear park. Amenities now stretch from the heart of Dubuque to the Mississippi River at Chaplain Schmitt Island including a multi-use trail, scenic overlooks, an amphitheater, benches, lighting, rest areas, a community orchard, a bioswale board walk, and a floating island system.
Through the America’s River III campaign the general public and private sector has the opportunity to create lasting legacy — to honor family, friends, and neighbors in a meaningful and visible way. We invite you to contribute to the campaign by naming a bench, tree, brick paver, or other amenity for a family member, friend, or business. The proceeds of your gift will help ensure the Bee Branch Creek Greenway continues to be a beautiful linear park with amenities that support sustainable neighborhoods and enhance quality of life for Dubuque and Iowa.
Click here for a complete list of naming opportunities. Thank you for your consideration and support.
"I have heard many stories about the personal heartbreaks resulting from many flash floods in the Bee Branch area of Dubuque for years. The property damage to homes and businesses in this area has been a reoccurring nightmare. Under the leadership of our city officials, the Bee Branch Flood Mitigation Project was undertaken. The funding for the project included both state and federal funding as well as local donations. Now I am happy to say the project is complete and the results are being felt throughout the area. The restoration of the Bee Branch Creek area is a beautiful site to see that we can all help maintain with the purchase of a range of amenities from a bench for $5,000 to a single paver for as little as $100. I feel by purchasing one of these naming opportunities we are being good neighbors and helping to ensure a vibrant life for our city."
- Ernestine Moss, Dubuque North End Resident
For more information or to make a gift, call (563) 690-6068.