What does the path to meaningful change look like across the vast spectrum of water resource issues? Who are the drivers of change and who should be included at the table as critical change agents? The theme of the 2020 Iowa Water Conference is centered on the answers to these questions. We want to transform water resource work in the year 2020 to be 20/20 as an effort to refocus our vision of the future for how we can promote inclusive, resilient water resource management.

This conference will focus on our evolving relationship with water at a personal and societal scale, as well as what the future may hold if we continue our current trajectory. Through scientific discovery, diverse change agents, and foresight on future challenges, we will move into an equitable and verdurous world of the future.

The Iowa Water Conference is the largest outreach and collaboration effort of the Iowa Water Center and is designed to bring together multi-disciplinary organizations and institutions to discuss relevant water issues across Iowa. The inaugural event in 2006 combined several existing conferences with the purpose of coordinating research and management efforts. Today’s conference draws over 500 attendees and strives to encompass the whole of Iowa’s water landscape including expanding into realms of education and outreach, conservation, policy and regulations.

Informative program

conference classroom

With 9 concurrent sessions and 45 workshop topics, attendees can customize a program to their needs or listen to something entirely new!

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poster show

The research and educational poster session is a great way to share results of a research project or grant, provide an update on local watershed activity, or exchange ideas with other attendees. Poster submissions are due midnight, March 25.

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trade show

Visit with conference exhibitors and learn about the products and services they offer. In 2019 there were 19 educational and non-profit exhibits and 23 commercial exhibitors. Learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.

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The Iowa Water Conference appreciates the support of many leading industries and organziations providing services and resources to those in related fields of water quality, conservation, flood plain management, agriculture, and anything water. Visit the Exhibits page for the full list of sponsors and exhibitors that will be present at the conference.

Conference Visionaries Updated Feb 19

JEO Consulting Group

Conference Champions Updated Feb 19

Fyra Engineering
Iowa Ag Water Alliance
Leopold Center

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The Iowa Water Conference is presented by the Iowa Water Center. For questions about the conference program please contact Melissa Miller, program coordinator, Iowa Water Center, at (515) 294-7467. For questions about the poster session or research paper presentations please contact Hanna Bates, Iowa Water Center, (515) 294-5650.

For assistance with registration, exhibitor and facilities questions please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu.