Iowa Water Conference to feature nationally distinguished leaders

02.06.19 - Ames, IA – The 2019 Iowa Water Conference titled, “Back to Basics: Land, Water, People,” will be held on March 12 and 13, 2019, at the Scheman Building on Iowa State University’s campus in Ames, Iowa.
This conference is the largest outreach and collaboration effort of the Iowa Water Center annually. Its focus is bringing together diverse organizations and institutions together to discuss relevant water issues in Iowa. Approximately 450 water professionals, researchers, and engaged citizens attend the conference annually.
This year, the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Water Alliance Radhika Fox will present at the opening session. Fox will discuss transformational leadership as a movement to improve outcomes in water resource management.
“I am thrilled to participate in the Iowa Water Conference. The Hawkeye State is a model for the nation when it comes to the transformational leadership we need to secure our nation’s water future. Across Iowa’s cities, businesses, and farms, One Water is taking root, driving continued economic success, public health, and environmental preservation,” Fox says.
Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University, will give a plenary presentation on watershed citizenship, which will focus on the duty we owe as farmers, landowners, and citizens to our water and land. Jennifer Tonko, Program Officer for the Minnesota Humanities Center, will also present a plenary talk on a partnership that tells Minnesota’s water stories through personal narratives, historical materials, and scientific information.
“The incredible depth and breadth of topics offered at this year’s conference is reflective of the diverse organizations represented on the Iowa Water Conference planning committee,” Melissa Miller, Associate Director for the Iowa Water Center says. “This conference is a unique opportunity for everyone who values Iowa’s phenomenal water resources to come together to learn, cultivate new relationships, and be inspired.”
After two days of plenary presentations, workshops, and thematic discussions, the conference will conclude with a presentation by David Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. His talk will cover how a soil health revolution, with a combination of ancient wisdom with modern science, could bring farmland back to life.
Registration and more information about the Iowa Water Conference can be found at the event’s webpage. Members of the press should contact Program Coordinator for the Iowa Water Center Hanna Bates ( for information.
The Iowa Water Center: The Iowa Water Center is a federally funded organization, part of the National Institutes for Water Resources. Located on the Iowa State University campus, it is one of 54 institutes located throughout the United States and U.S territories. The purpose of the Iowa Water Center is to identify water-related research needs, provide outreach and education opportunities, and disseminate information about Iowa’s water resources to the public to form better policies and everyday practices.

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