Karst, Water Quality & Livestock: Finding Balance for a Sensitive Geography

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
An event in northeast Iowa, Tuesday, May 30, will explore issues related to “Karst, Water Quality & Livestock: Finding Balance for a Sensitive Geography.” The forum will take place at Luther College in Decorah, in Olin Hall, Room 102.   
Topics will include karst geology, research on water quality testing in karst areas of Wisconsin and Iowa, outstanding Iowa waters and their economic value, Iowa’s manure management rules, and Wisconsin’s multi-stakeholder process to address pollution and health concerns in a high-value karst area. The event will also include viewpoints from several livestock producers on balancing the need to make a profit while protecting water quality.  
  • Dr. Eric Baack, Director of Environmental Studies Program, Luther College, and Students
  • John Beard, Winneshiek County Supervisor & Local Business Owner, Iowa Legislator (2008-2010)
  • Davina Bonness, Department Head Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, Land & Water Conservation Department  
  • Dr. Mark Borchardt, Microbiologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service and Adjunct Professor,    
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension 
  • Tom Frantzen, Chickasaw County Hog Producer for Organic Valley & Leopold Center Spencer Award Winner 2016 
  • Chad Ingels, Fayette County Hog Producer for Niman Ranch & Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner 
  • Dr. Robert Libra, State Geologist of Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Michael Steuck, Iowa DNR Northeast Regional Fisheries Supervisor
  • Gene Tinker, Animal Feeding Operation Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
  • David Vetrano, Fisheries Biologist (retired) & Managed Grazer, Bangor, Wisconsin 
  • Ric Zarwell, Ornithological Consultant & Allamakee County Protectors Founder  
Space is limited. Advance registration required by May 22. A $25 fee includes lunch with locally sourced foods. Check-in at the event begins at 8:30 a.m., with the program from  9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.  For more information or to register, go to: www.iaenvironment.org/karstevent17 
Event sponsors are the Iowa Environmental Council and Mississippi River Network (MRN), the Iowa Groundwater Association, Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, Bob and Donna BernardTrout Unlimited Members. The Allamakee County Protectors – Education Campaign, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Trout Unlimited.  
For questions or media inquiries, contact Ann Y. Robinson, Iowa Environmental Council, at Robinson@iaenvironment.org or 515-244-1194, ext. 211. 
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