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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />April 27, 2010 <br />3:30 p.m. <br /> <br />City seeks input into Bowman Creek restoration effort <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or Gary Gilot, Director of Public Works, 235-9251 <br /> <br />Could Bowman Creek, one of the most environmentally impaired tributaries in the St. <br />Joseph River watershed, become a beautiful greenway that could help revitalize south- <br />side neighborhoods, support economic prosperity and improve quality of life? <br /> <br />Bowman Creek originates near the AM General test track along West Chippewa Avenue <br />before winding its way for two miles through southeast South Bend. The creek passes <br />landmarks like Riley High School and the Studebaker Golf Course mostly underground <br />or within enclosed storm sewer pipes until it drains into the St. Joseph River across from <br />the Farmers Market. <br /> <br />“Bowman Creek runs dry during droughts, floods during rainstorms, is little valued and <br />often serves as a dump, despite fencing that seeks to control dumping. It is one of the <br />worst places for fish in the St. Joseph River watershed,” said Gary Gilot, director of the <br />City of South Bend’s Department of Public Works. “But we can fix it. Bowman Creek <br />could become an area with attractive mini-parks, hiking trails and wildlife refuges. Fish <br />could thrive where they now barely survive. But we need citizen input and involvement <br />to make it happen.” <br /> <br />“South Bend was named Indiana's Green Community of the Year in 2009, and we don't <br />intend to rest on our laurels,” said Mayor Stephen J. Luecke. “I’m enthusiastic that our <br />team is always searching for creative ways to improve City services, enhance quality of <br />life and be a socially responsible advocate for our environment.” <br /> <br />City officials have scheduled input sessions April 29 and May 1 at Riley High School as <br />part of developing a five-year strategy for turning a neighborhood liability into an <br />ecological asset. Fliers have been distributed to nearby residents for sessions scheduled <br />from 5:30 to 8:30 Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school’s cafeteria. <br /> <br />