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Deteriorating levee campaign raises deluge of questions

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A student-made film aimed at raising awareness about the aging levees that protect the Shawnee School District will make its big screen debut.


The film, titled “Save the Levees, Save the Future”, was made by Shawnee High School and Southern Illinois University students. It is part of a four-year awareness campaign explaining to government officials and the public why funds are needed to repair the deteriorating levees that stretch from Grand Tower to near Cairo, Illinois. 

“Save the Levees, Save the Future” will premier at a regional meeting in the Shawnee High School library, located in Wolf Lake. The film will be followed by public discussion of issues raised by students and project participants. 

The video premier will be the first of three parts of a recorded public meeting called by a new multi-media effort of SIU's Imagining Geographies project called Civic Soul.

Civic Soul is a new effort attempting to use various media to advance citizen involvement in policymaking.

In the second segment of the meeting, researchers will facilitate a discussion of issues raised in the video, as well as other concerns and dilemmas facing residents of floodplains.

In the third segment, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

Civic Soul will record and post a video of Friday's meeting on the Imagining Geographies website – www.imagining.siu.edu - along with informative resources about the issues and policies discussed. 

All are invited to attend the event at Shawnee High School on February 27 at 4 p.m.

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