Concurrent Session Tracks and Workshops
2019 Iowa Water Conference
The conference program features concurrent sessions where attendees can select from multiple offerings and develop their own customized program. The workshops are grouped by Tracks with a similar theme or focus. For a linear listing of the entire conference program visit the program page.
Track Current research
Evaluation of different flood mitigation strategies using GHOST: The Iowa watershed model
Antonio Arenas, assistant research engineer, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
Researchers at the IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering have developed a one of a kind new model to simulate hydrologic response in watersheds over time periods on the order of decades. GHOST stands for Generic Hydrologic Overland-Subsurface Toolkit and was used to assess a variety of flood mitigation strategies in the watersheds participating in the Iowa Watershed Approach project.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM – 204-208 Scheman
Application of a boat-deployed water quality sensor system
Matt Meulemans, graduate student, IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
Researchers at the University of Iowa developed a continuous boat-deployed sensor network that measures water quality automatically as a boat is driven. The steps taken to create this system will be discussed as well as a preliminary study of Storm Lake, IA. The system was used to assess spatial water quality in the lake and the NO3- removal in Little Storm Lake.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM – 204-208 Scheman
New technology uncovers pathogens and potential sources in northeast Iowa ground and surface water
Eric Baack, associate professor, Biology, Luther College; Jodi Enos-Berlage, professor, Biology, Luther College
DNA molecular analysis was performed on northeast Iowa recreational and private well water samples collected during the summer of 2019 under increased risk conditions. Half of the wells and two- thirds of the surface water samples were positive for at least one pathogen. Source markers included ruminant, cow, and human.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Track Ecosystem services
Maximize the benefits of trees and woodlands
Emma Hanigan, urban forestry coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Trees have a very important relationship with water, which is often underappreciated and utilized. Trees are one of the best and most cost effective ways of slowing, storing and cleaning water. This session will discuss what is putting our forests at risk and how we can maximize the benefits of trees.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM – Benton Auditorium
Back to by-products: Promises and opportunities for layering benefits of water-resource conservation to restore wildlife in rural Iowa
Adam Janke, assistant professor, Natural Resources and Ecology Management, Iowa State University
This session will explore how a production system that conserves soil and water is also one that, when designed with wildlife in mind, restores habitat to make wildlife beneficiaries – or by products—of land stewardship in Iowa once again.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM – Benton Auditorium
Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor: Stream restoration
Luke Monat, civil engineer, Shive-Hattery, Inc.; Jim Pease, Story County Conservation Board; Ted Tedesco, former mayor, Ames, IA and Story County Conservation Board
The Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor incorporates Story County Conservation’s mission of connecting people with nature and improving natural resources. Approximately 1 mile of stream restoration was completed in the 38 acre park. The project demonstrates bio-engineering bank stabilization and floodplain reconnection. Trails, boardwalks, and stream access offer opportunities for exploration.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM – Benton Auditorium
Track Moving toward healthy rivers and streams
Estimation of tile drainage contribution to streamflow and nutrient loads
Antonio Arenas, assistant research engineer, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
We will show the results of using end-member mixing analysis (EMMA) together with high temporal resolution water quality and streamflow data collected in two watersheds in Iowa. Otter Creek (122 km2) in northeast Iowa and Clear Creek (256 km2) in east-central Iowa. We estimated the contribution of three endmembers (groundwater, tile drainage, and quick flow) to streamflow and nitrogen loads.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – Benton Auditorium
The Hungry Canyons Alliance: River restoration in western Iowa
John Thomas, fluvial geomorphologist, Hungry Canyons Alliance
The Hungry Canyons Alliance is Iowa’s oldest river restoration program formed locally in 1992. Our singular focus is to research and implement solutions to the problem of stream channel degradation through the use of grade control structures in a 19 county area of the deep loess soils region of western Iowa.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – Benton Auditorium
Iowa River Restoration Toolbox - Clear Creek Assessment Case Study
Aaron Gwinnup, professional engineer, HR Green
Clear Creek in eastern Iowa drains about 100 square miles before joining the Iowa River in Coralville. The Clear Creek Watershed Coalition and the City of Coralville wanted to explore options for restoring the final six miles, so a variety of assessment techniques were utilized, including the Iowa River Restoration Toolbox. This case study will cover the process and results of the assessments.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:25 PM – Benton Auditorium
Easter Lake channel restoration: Using Iowa's river restoration toolbox
Evan Del Val, civil engineer, ISG; Nathan Gruver, landscape architect, ISG
Near the south entrance of Easter Lake Park, a degraded, ephemeral tributary flows towards the lake. ISG worked with Polk County Conservation to analyze the existing channel, determine the features that created the instabilty, and design a stabilized reach using some of the design concepts from Iowa's River Restoraiton Toolbox.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – Benton Auditorium
Track Panel discussions
The City of Storm Lake water quality initiatives
Kevin Griggs, senior environmental scientist, EOR Iowa, LLC
Journey through the history of water management in the City of Storm Lake, a community currently serving as a leader in Iowa’s water quality initiatives following their success in managing the aggregate effects of urban and rural development among a uniquely diverse demographic.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:25 PM - 4:25 PM – Benton Auditorium
Success and challenges of watershed resiliency
John Rathbun, project coordinator, Clear Creek Watershed Coalition; Jennifer Fencl, director, environmental services, ECICOG; Heather Thomas, project manager, CGA; Dan Holderness, city engineer and IWA urban planner, City of Coralville
The Clear Creek Watershed Coalition was formed in 2015 and is part of the Iowa Watershed Approach. This panel discussion addresses common and unique examples of challenges that have been encountered thus far and looks ahead to ways of ensuring long-term sustainability and watershed resiliency. Bringing together boots on the ground, planning, stakeholder engagement, infrastructure, and community.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:25 PM - 4:25 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Assessing the past and planning for Ankeny's future: Lessons learned and a series of unfortunate events
Gregory Pierce, PE, CPESC, water resource engineer, RDG Planning and Design; Amy Bryant, civil and environmental engineer, City of Ankeny
With the help of a team led by RDG Planning and Design, the City of Ankeny embarked on an effort to assess watershed conditions and develop an action plan for their community. The goal: identify existing issues and lessons learned to guide future investments and shape policies in one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In the midst of this, ten inches of rain falls in one night.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:25 PM - 4:25 PM – 260-262 Scheman
On-farm experiences with prairie and crops: Farmers and landowners talk about Prairie Strips Program and Prairie on Farm Program
Omar de Kok-Mercado, STRIPS project coordinator, Iowa State University; Ashley Kittle, Prairie on Farms Program Manager, Tallgrass Prairie Center, University of Northern Iowa; Matt Stephenson, graduate student, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Iowa State University; Rob Stout, farmer; Tim Smith, farmer
Farmers and landowners are active in the ISU Prairie Strips Program, and the UNI Prairie on Farms Program, which integrate native prairie with crops to protect water, improve soils, and meet farm and family goals. Three farmer panelists will talk about their experiences. Program researchers will describe supports, data collection, and legal agreements that make cooperation a success.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:25 PM - 4:25 PM – 275 Scheman
Operationalizing the One Water approach: Innovating and collaborating to improve water management in Iowa
Roger Wolf, director of environmental programs, Iowa Soybean Association; Jessica Turba, Executive Officer, Disaster Recovery Operations/Planning, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Jonathan Gano, director, Public Works, City of Des Moines; Clare Lindahl, Soil and Water Conservation Society; Darcy Mausby, farmer, Calhoun County
Across Iowa, there are examples of the One Water ethos: water management that is innovative, inclusive, and integrated. Join this panel to hear about operationalizing the One Water approach in Iowa. By collaboratively reducing flood risk, treating wastewater, improving conservation, and leaving a land legacy, the value of the One Water approach seeks to achieve the best outcomes for all Iowans.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:25 PM - 4:25 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Track Point source nutrient reduction and wastewater
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Exchange: A demand driven approach
Dustin Miller, attorney, Nyemaster Goode PC
The Iowa League of Cities began the development of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Exchange following the release of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The focus of the development was on providing incentives to municipalities to encourage investment within their larger watersheds.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM – 275 Scheman
Choosing between improved water quality or fiscally responsible sewer rates: A false dichotomy
John Dunn, director, Water and Pollution Control Department, City of Ames
Presents the conclusions from the Nutrient Reduction Feasibility Study at the Ames Water Pollution Control Facility, including a recommendation to phase in biological nutrient removal over a period of 20 years while funding an increased commitment to watershed-based best management practices; all while maintaining sewer rates below the statewide median.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM – 275 Scheman
City of Muscatine’s nutrient reduction strategy
Jon Koch, president, Iowa Water Environment Association
This presentation will outline the City of Muscatine's 2015 NPDES permit that contained new nutrient reduction requirements for the treatment plant. This talk will focus on aligning EPA goals with Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy focus for wastewater treatment facilities by working in the watershed, as well as the Muscatine Area Resource Recovery for Vehicles and Energy project that will receive food waste from regional generators as a means to generate renewable natural gas and a natural fertilizer in the form of liquid biosolids from anaerobic digesters.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM – 275 Scheman
Track Prairie strips
Birds, pollinators, and other wildlife: New findings from Prairie Strips Biodiversity Research
Matthew O'Neal, associate professor, Entomology, Iowa State University; Jordan Giese, graduate student, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Iowa State University; Matt Stephenson, graduate student, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Iowa State University
In addition to protecting water quality, prairie strip can provide ecological benefits such as reversing the decline of “species of conservation concern.” This session will share new findings on birds, pollinators, and other wildlife in prairie strips, revealing how prairie strips can contribute to increasing biodiversity.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM – 260-262 Scheman
Integrating prairie strips with other BMPs for greater impact on water quality
Matt Helmers, Dean’s Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
Prairie strips research has reached the demonstration and adoption phases in Iowa and other states.This situation has enabled us to understand how prairie strips combines with other conservation practices on the land, suggesting ways to design for synergy in management of water, nutrients, and soil. The session will show instances where BMPs interact with strips.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM – 260-262 Scheman
Prairie strips establishment and the crucial first three years
Matt Liebman, professor, Agronomy, Iowa State University; Tim Youngquist, agricultural specialist, Agronomy, Iowa State University
Adding prairie strips to corn and soybeans has the potential to reduce the amount of soil leaving fields by 90% and the amount of N leaving fields through surface runoff by up to 85%. Good establishment means good results. Learn how to further bolster outcomes in the crucial three establishment years for this diverse native perennial planting, including stand health and weed management.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM – 260-262 Scheman
Track Predicting and documenting nutrient reduction
Mapping conservation practices through GIS surveys
Adam Schnieders, water quality resource coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa is the first state to analyze every watershed within its borders using LiDAR and aerial imagery to create a detailed assessment of conservation practice implementation. With this inventory completed, it provides a benchmark for measuring progress. Additional benefits and uses of this information, including updates of ongoing research and collaborations, will be shared.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Using models and costing data to guide a targeted conservation approach to watershed planning
Drew Kessler, project manager, Houston Engineering, Inc.; Mark Tomer, soil scientist, USDA- ARS
Iowa, and much of the upper Midwest, is faced with numerous water management challenges. This presentation will highlight results from the Middle Cedar River Watershed, where water quality and quantity benefits were estimated for conservation practices targeted with ACPF utilizing the Prioritize, Target, and Measure Application (PTMApp).
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Paired watershed monitoring to measure water quality improvements from conservation – mixed success in Iowa
Keith Schilling, state geologist, Iowa Geological Survey
Detecting water quality improvements from best management practices (BMPs) at the landscape scale has been difficult. Paired watershed study designs have been used with mixed success in Iowa to measure water quality improvements. Four examples from Iowa demonstrate the challenges and opportunities of paired designs to measure water quality improvements in watersheds.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:25 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Livestock concentration and stream nitrate
Chris Jones, research engineer, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
Here we quantify the effects of livestock density on stream nitrate using high-frequency stream nitrate and discharge data coupled with commercial N fertilizer data and data for manure-generated N. Our analysis shows higher stream nitrate related to animal density, and little difference in commercial fertilizer inputs related to availability of manure N.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – 204-208 Scheman
Track Social science: Agricultural BMP adoption
Social science research on conservation practice adoption: A brief history and background
J. Arbuckle, associate professor, Sociology, Iowa State University
This presentation will give a brief background on social science research on agricultural technology adoption. It will provide a short history of adoption studies, tracing evolution from the study of hybrid corn adoption in the 1930s to the current emphasis on conservation practice adoption. It will review major conceptual frameworks and highlight strengths and weaknesses of adoption research.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – 250-252 Scheman
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy farmer survey: Influential organizations and information sources for nutrient reduction
Laurie Nowatzke, measurement coordinator, Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Iowa State University
Based on data from a five-year survey of farmers to help track the progress of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS), this presentation describes analysis of the levels of influence of various organizations—private, public, and NGO—on farmers’ nutrient management decisions, as well as farmers’ information sources for learning about the NRS.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Do conservation plans make a difference in practice adoption? – Evidence from Iowa farmers
Chris Morris, graduate research assistant, Sociology, Iowa State University; J. Arbuckle, associate professor, Sociology, Iowa State University
This study analyzed data from the 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll to examine the relationship between having an NRCS conservation plan and farmers’ implementation of selected soil and water conservation practices in three general categories. The study also examined farmer perceptions of the barriers to conservation planning. Implications for NRCS conservation planning are discussed.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Testing the efficacy of a field experiment in promoting adoption of cover crops on rented farmland
Pranay Ranjan, postdoctoral research associate, Purdue University
We will present survey results from non-operating landowners (NOLs) enrolled in a field experiment in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. Our findings will provide useful information for scholars (e.g., by testing the efficacy of field experiments in motivating conservation behavior on rented farmland) and practitioners (e.g., by providing ready to use interventions for effective outreach with NOLs).
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Social values and rented agricultural land: Are landlords from Mars and tenants from Venus?
J. Arbuckle, associate professor, Sociology, Iowa State University
In the Upper Midwest non-operator landowners own most farmland. In the most fertile areas, the percentage can reach 80%. There are gaps in knowledge about landlords-tenant relationships, especially around soil and water conservation. This presentation shares results from a survey of Iowa and Ohio landlords and tenants from the two counties with the highest percentage of rented land in each state.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:25 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Meta-review of barriers and motivations related to farmer adoption of conservation practices
Pranay Ranjan, postdoctoral research associate, Purdue University; J. Arbuckle, associate professor, Sociology, Iowa State University
Summary of results from a meta-analysis of 35 years (1982 to 2017) of quantitative and qualitative social science research papers examining motivations of and barriers to adoption of conservation practices in US agriculture. After a brief discussion of the study’s rationale and methods, we will present findings and discuss implications for conservation outreach and suggestions for future studies.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Track Stormwater management
Road salt in urban watersheds: Where does it go and how long does it stay there?
Ben Janke, research associate, University of Minnesota
In the watershed of a Twin Cities (MN) metro area lake, road salt retention (application amount vs. transport in surface runoff) was studied year-round at several roadway sites, residential watersheds, and detention ponds. Chloride loss to infiltration was found to be surprisingly high (>50%) across sites, with late summer and fall transport indicating residence times of several months or more.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – 275 Scheman
Green infrastructure: Beyond the blueprint
Casey Byers, landscape architect, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Storm water BMPs are designed with the tightest margin for water quality and channel protection. Yet these systems become the responsibility of city or grounds staff once constructed; staff who may not have been involved during design. How do we ensure success of these systems, promote longevity with lower maintenance input and not lead to a “weedy mess” with limited function, disdained by the public?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – 275 Scheman
District green infrastructure to encourage economic development
Nathan Campeau, water resources engineer, Barr Engineering Co.; Marcy Bean, capital Pprojects and stewardship specialist, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and Barr Engineering completed the Towerside District Stormwater System (Minneapolis, MN) in 2017, implementing plug-and-play green infrastructure to encourage brownfields redevelopment, serving 8 acres of new multi-unit market rate and affordable housing. The system cleans, stores and reuses stormwater in an urban park setting.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:25 PM – 275 Scheman
Emerging approaches: Stormwater harvest and use/reuse is the best kept secret
Brett Emmons, water resource engineer , Emmons and Olivier Resources,Inc.; Paula Kalinosky, water resources engineer, Emmons and Olivier Resources,Inc.
We are beginning to rediscover the age-old value of capturing rainwater. This provides an integrated paradigm, rather than the unsustainable “waste product” approach. But what barriers still exist? Experience in both planning and design have illustrated how water quality and design tools can be addressed to yield successes at multiple levels.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – 275 Scheman
Track Water and livestock
Reducing pollutants in livestock saturated watersheds
Neil Shaffer, project coordinator, Howard SWCD
Staff, Beaver and Silver Creeks are all tributaries of the Upper Iowa River located in NE Iowa. Staff and Beaver had a goal reached over 7 years by reducing Nitrates and Phosphorus 45% and Silver Creek is currently reducing bacteria levels in a high livestock area. In this presentation we will describe how using multiple approaches and best management practices have led to these success stories.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM – 250-252 Scheman
Livestock production, water scarcity and potential for collaborative water governance in northwest Iowa
Maggie Norton, graduate research assistant, Sociology, Iowa State University
The 2012 drought stressed water suppliers in northwest Iowa. Since that time, demand has increased with the growth of the livestock industry. Are stakeholders prepared for the next drought? Stakeholder interviews indicate a mixture of perspectives on the issue.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:10 AM - 11:40 AM – 250-252 Scheman
Inland fish farming: Public opinion and social media trends
Laura Witzling, assistant professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University; Saige Heyer, graduate assistant, Journalism and Mass Communications, Iowa State University
Some view aquaculture, or fish farming, as a sustainable way to meet seafood demand. Others have food safety and environmental concerns. We will share results from a Wisconsin public opinion survey about inland aquaculture and discuss potential implications for other Midwestern states, with a focus on Iowa. We will also share preliminary results from a related Twitter analysis.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM – 250-252 Scheman
Track Watershed-scale community solutions for flood resiliency
Three decades of floods in Iowa
Witold Krajewski, director, Iowa Flood Center
The author will discuss a county- wise compilation of flood-related Presidential Disaster Declarations. He will address the cost of these floods in terms of the damages and recovery expenses. The data will include crop insurance due to lost yields. The author will illustrate the inconsistencies between the number of actual and expected disasters based on the flood frequency estimates for Iowa.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM – 260-262 Scheman
Linking nutrient reduction to flood control: Examples from Iowa
Mark Imerman, senior consultant, Regional Strategic, Ltd.
Nutrient pollution and flood issues are inextricably linked with agricultural runoff. This presentation will utilize data on Des Moines River discharge and farm drainage and agricultural runoff data from the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy to illustrate nutrient reduction funding and efficiency challenges that could be alleviated by tying nutrient reduction to comprehensive runoff flood control.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM – 260-262 Scheman
Community based planning techniques to address flood resiliency and water quality on a watershed scale
Adam Rupe, environmental planner, JEO Consulting Group
A community- based planning approach elevates traditional stakeholder involvement. This approach opens the door to partnerships, ensures local stakeholder values are reflected, increases community buy-in, and leads to successful implementation of watershed and flood resiliency plans.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:25 PM – 260-262 Scheman
A case study for flood resilience
Sharon Gaul, resiliency coordinator, Housing and Community Development, City of Dubuque; Christina Muñoz, graduate student, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, University of Iowa
This presentation will focus on how Dubuque’s Bee Branch Watershed is building a healthy and resilient neighborhood after suffering years of repeated flash flooding events. Many residents in the watershed have experienced six Presidential Disaster Declarations since 1999. As a result, they are living with residual structural issues, electrical hazards, and chronic mold and moisture problems.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – 260-262 Scheman
Performance of iron enhanced sand filters: Laboratory, urban, and agricultural studies
Andy Erickson, research associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Iron enhanced sand filtration (IESF) is an advanced stormwater treatment practice designed to capture particulate pollutants by filtration and soluble phosphorus (phosphate) by sorption to iron oxide. This presentation will summarize performance results from laboratory, urban, and agricultural applications of IESF, maintenance considerations, and expected lifespan.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM – 260-262 Scheman
Iowa Flood Information System
Ibrahim Demir, assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa; Breanna Shea, public relations coordinator, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) is a one-stop web-platform to access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications. IFIS helps communities in Iowa make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize flood damages.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM – 250-252 Scheman
Community solutions for flood resiliency
Jim Marwedel, hazard mitigation planner, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division; Cara Marker-Morgan, coordinator, East and West Nishnabotna River Watershed Project; Rick Wilson, leader, Integrated Water Management Service, JEO Consulting Team;
Presenters will focus on planning and program efforts within in the Iowa Watershed Approach on integrating hazard mitigation plans with watershed plans, and highlight a community case study in the Nishnabotna Watershed to achieve co-benefits such as multijurisdictional planning to reduce flooding, improving water quality, preserve resources and identify the process to be become more resilient.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM – Benton Auditorium
What's your water story?
Jennifer Tonko, program officer, Minnesota Humanities Center
Go deeper with "We Are Water MN" and experience how stories and storytelling can be a compelling community engagement tool. You'll hear others' water stories, tell some of your own, and learn more about the Minnesota Humanities Center's Absent Narratives Approach--putting the narratives of marginalized people at the center for effective engagement.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM – 275 Scheman
Ag retailers engagement strategies for conservation delivery
Roger Wolf, director of environmental programs, Iowa Soybean Association; Kent Klingbeil, regional sales manager, Landus Cooperative; Gregg Schmitz, marketing manager, Nutrien; Harry Ahrenholtz, chairman, Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance
Surveys indicate ag retailers are trusted and dominant resource where farmers get information. Ag retailers are engaging watershed coordinator’s and farmers in projects and efforts may be key strategy to scale-up conservation and water quality programming. Speakers will share experiences and will facilitate small group discussions covering challenges, strategies and action steps for the future.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM – 204-208 Scheman