Last July rising floodwaters collapsed the Lake Delhi Dam. But efforts of Iowa State students, faculty and extension specialists are engaging local stakeholders in examining alternatives for recovery. A fall 2010 design studio class gathered stakeholder perspectives and local data to develop scenarios of potential development decisions. Preliminary information from the studio was provided to the Lake Delhi Recover and Rebuild Task Force.
“It was fascinating for me to learn how you try to get stakeholder groups to discuss options and find solutions that work for everyone, whether at the top or bottom of the watershed,” said fifth-year student Cody LeClaire. “This project has emphasized that design is about working with people and solving problems that affect them in their daily lives.”