Next stop: Red Oak. The Iowa Floods of 2008 are receding into history, but Iowans can learn from them, and from flooding this past summer. That was the message put forth in community seminars sponsored in part by the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research this summer and fall.
The two-hour sessions on “Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future” presented information on climate change trends in Iowa precipitation and run-off; floodplain management strategies; rural-urban watershed coalition building; water quality; the work of the Iowa Flood Center; and a review of public policy issues. Twenty-five different people did presentations to support the series.
More than 400 people have attended the presentations so far, which included a question and answer period.
The seminars are being hosted by the University of Iowa’s Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, Rebuild Iowa Office, University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Flood
Center, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa State Association of Counties.
June 16 –Burlington
June 21 – Cedar Rapids
June 30 – Waverly
July 14 – Mason City
July 19 – Ames
September 7 – Elkader
September 14 – Cherokee
September 21 – Red Oak
September 30 – Honey Creek State Park Resort
October 21 – Des Moines
For more information about the seminar series visit http://www.cgrer.uiowa.edu/calendar/2010/08/08162010.htm
For post seminar materials and agendas visit: http://www.cgrer.uiowa.edu/calendar/2010/06/06162010%282%29.htm