Iowa Water Conference Brims With Ideas

Iowa Water Conference Brims With Ideas

The 2011 Iowa Water Conference is March 7-8 at Ames. Iowa State University, Iowa Learning Farms and other organizations and agencies concerned with water quality and environment are involved in this educational and informative meeting.

"More Water to Manage" is the theme for this year's Iowa Water Conference hosted by the Iowa Water Center on March 7-8 in the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, on the Iowa State University campus at Ames. Featuring the combined conferences of Agriculture and Environment, Flood Plain Management, Iowa Learning Farms, Stormwater, and Water Monitoring, this annual conference strives to create greater awareness of Iowa urban and agricultural water issues through sustainable watershed management. 

The conference features a varied and interesting program of water-related topics. A poster symposium and special storm water session precede the conference, which opens with registration at noon and workshops at 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions allow attendees to select from five concurrent workshops.

The Monday evening program features comments from Dr. Curt Meine with the Leopold Foundation, who will introduce the new feature film "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic for the 21st Century," which is making it's Iowa debut. A reception follows the film. On March 8 the conference continues from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Urban and agricultural water issues, and watershed management

An exhibit area features vendors that provide erosion and sediment control and storm water management products and services. Educational posters and displays will be available that highlight innovative research and programs in conservation, nutrient management and water quality. Organizations or individuals interested in exhibit space, sponsorship or a poster display should visit www.iowawaterconference.org for more information and registration forms.

The early registration fee is $135 until midnight Feb. 25. Registrations will be accepted at the door. The fee includes Monday evening reception, Tuesday lunch, breaks and conference materials. Visit www.iowawaterconference.org for additional information about the conference, registration materials and online registration. For more information, call 515-294-6429 or email [email protected].

This conference is hosted by the Iowa Water Center, in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension, the Division of Soil Conservation of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Storm Water Education Program, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Learning Farms program, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, the Iowa Flood Center, and the Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association.

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