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Dubuque receives River City of the Year award

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The city of Dubuque can add to its list of awards River City of the Year.

Wednesday morning - despite the deluge of snow - river education and advocacy group Iowa Rivers Revival presented Dubuque with the River City of the Year award.

The organization cited Dubuque's revitalization of the downtown riverfront area as well as the Bee Branch Creek restoration project as major reasons for honoring the key city.

"We have a lot of connections with the river and people have realized that and they've realized that that river is an economic boon for the city and that we really need to look at things to protect it and share our ideas with other cities along the river so that they can do likewise," Mayor Roy Buol said after accepting the award.

Dubuque, however, has not always been worthy of such an honor.

"Up until 15 years ago or so, we had no connection to the river unless you owned a boat or wanted to sit on the rip rap by the shores," Buol said. "The river really is what the city of Dubuque is all about. It's a lot of commerce, a lot of recreational opportunities."

Earlier this month, Iowa Rivers Revival gave Central City the award for River Town of the Year. The group said both cities impressed them, so they came up with two awards: River City of the Year and River Town of the Year.

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