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West Union to become "green" town

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WEST UNION (KWWL) - The small northeast Iowa community of West Union could soon become a national example of environmental sustainability.

The 2,500-person town hopes to begin work this summer on an $8.6 million "green" renovation of its six-block downtown district. Plans include porous pavement that lets water seep into the ground, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and storm water-filtering elements such as rain gardens and bioswales.

Jeff Geerts, of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, says West Union could become a national model.

The state gave the effort an early boost last fall with a $1 million grant. The city plans to chip in about $2 million, and other state, federal and private funding should cover the remainder of the fundraising.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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