The theme for the 2019 Iowa Water Conference is “Back to Basics: Land, Water, People.” The state of Iowa has the most altered landscape in the nation. Increasingly, we look for solutions to our water management issues that bring us closer to nature and back to Iowa’s natural environmental processes. From restoring prairies and wetlands on agricultural landscapes to green infrastructure that couple natural and engineered systems, we are building a future through a respectful look to our state’s history. By getting “back to basics,” we are focusing on the entire ecosystem, with water as the connector.

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 400 attendees and strives to encompass the whole of Iowa’s water landscape including expanding into realms of education and outreach, conservation, policy and regulations.


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Informative program

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With 9 concurrent sessions and 47 workshop topics, attendees can customize a program to their needs or listen to something entirely new!


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Nearly 75 speakers will provide their insight, expertise and research on the 2019 program.


trade show

Visit with conference exhibitors and learn about the products and services they offer. In 2018 there were 21 educational and non-profit exhibits and 19 commercial exhibitors. Learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.

Get registered

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Register before March 1, 2019 to receive the early registration discount. Registrations will be accepted at the conference at the late registration rate.


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 due March 4.


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 organizations that will be present at the conference.

Conference Champions

Fyra Engineering
Houston Engineering
Iowa Ag Water Alliance
Leopold Center

Conference Supporters

Dave's Dozing
JEO Consulting Group


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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