Extension News

Iowa Water Conference to be held March 9-10

2/13/2009

AMES, Iowa – “Reducing runoff: The agricultural and urban link to watershed improvement” is the theme for this year’s Iowa Water Conference March 9 and 10 hosted by the Iowa Water Center. The conference will feature the Iowa Stormwater Conference and the Iowa Agriculture and Environment Conference. This is the first time these two events have joined forces to advance urban and agricultural water issues through sustainable watershed management. 

The goal of the Iowa Water Center is to offer a conference that provides networking and collaboration opportunities for major water initiatives in Iowa and to provide an opportunity for water professionals and the public to communicate.

The program features nationally recognized experts such as Gerald Galloway, professor of civil and environmental engineering from the University of Maryland, who will provide a synopsis of response to recommendations made to the White House after the floods of 1993.  Tom Schueler, the director of the Cheasapeake Stormwater Network and founder of the Center for Watershed Protection will address urban watershed planning to reduce flooding impacts and improve water quality. 

The Iowa Water Conference will be held March 9 and 10 in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. The Stormwater Conference and Agriculture and Environment Conference sessions start at 1 p.m. followed by an evening panel discussion and plenary session at 5 p.m. An evening reception follows at 6:30 p.m. Sessions continue on March 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

There will  be an  exhibit area featuring vendors that provide erosion and sediment control and storm water management products and services.  Educational displays will also be available that highlight innovative research and programs in conservation, nutrient management and water quality. Organizations or individuals interested in exhibit space, sponsorship or an education display should visit www.aep.iastate.edu/water for more information and registration forms.

The registration fee is $125 if received by March 2 and $145 thereafter. Registrations will be accepted at the door. The fee includes lunch, breaks and the evening reception. Visit www.aep.iastate.edu for additional information about the conference, registration materials and online registration. For more information, contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 294-6429 or e-mail aep@iastate.edu.

This conference is hosted by the Iowa Water Center, in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension, Division of Soil Conservation-Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Storm Water Education Program, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Contacts :

Rick Cruse, Iowa Water Center, (515) 294-7467, rmc@iastate.edu

Pat Sauer, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, (800) 810-4268, psauer@iamu.org

Brent Pringnitz, Agribusiness Education Program, (515) 294-6429, bpring@iastate.edu

 

Del Marks, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu