Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future

Cornelia Mutel, A Watershed Year

In the summer of 2010, the Iowa Flood Center and the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research sponsored a statewide seminar series, Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future, in conjunction with the release of A Watershed Year, edited by IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering’s Cornelia Mutel.

A Watershed Year captures the essence of the 2008 Iowa floods in 25 essays written by leading scientists, watershed specialists, and public administrators, many of whom experienced the devastation of the flooding firsthand.

The series of free public seminars brought together essay authors and other flood and climate experts to make public presentations and to engage in open dialog about flood‐related research and resources. Free copies of A Watershed Year were available for all attendees.


The seminars were held in the 10 communities listed below. More than 700 Iowans attended one of the seminars.

Speakers at the March 9, 2010 seminar series in Des Moines.

March 9—Des Moines
June 16—Burlington
June 21—Cedar Rapids
June 30—Waverly
July 14—Mason City
July 19—Ames
Sept. 7—Elkader
Sept. 14—Cherokee
Sept. 21—Red Oak
Sept. 30—Honey Creek State Park

Presenters and Speakers

More than 25 presenters participated in the statewide series, including local officials in each community, state legislators, and representatives from the following: