Iowa Ideas 2021 conference to focus on water quality

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Eleanor Hildebrandt | June 4, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Gazette is hosting an in-depth week on water quality later this month as a part of the Gazette’s Iowa Ideas 2021 virtual conference.

The events begin at noon on June 21 with a keynote session with Larry Weber, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. The week will include various panels on the value of water, eco-tourism, the upgrades some Iowa communities need to remove nitrates and pollutants from drinking water, and various other pressing issues. The week closes with a look at the 388-mile Cedar River and water quality efforts surrounding the waterway on Friday, June 25.

Twelve panelists will participate in the week of activities, looking to inform Iowans on water quality issues around the state and beyond its borders. Iowa Ideas is an initiative that aims to explore and discuss big issues that could shape the state’s future. The water quality week follows a higher education focused week in the spring.  

The Iowa Ideas week this month will feature conversation about controlling water pollution and runoffs, where ideas about how to protect water in the state will be shared. Panels and discussions begin at noon Monday through Friday with different guests daily. Free registration is open for the event on the Iowa Ideas website.

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