Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future
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 ten communities listed below with over 700 Iowans attending one of the seminars.
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
Over twenty-five different individuals provided presentations to support the statewide series including local officials in each community, state legislators, and representatives from the following:
- Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa
- IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources
- Iowa Flood Center
- Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Iowa State University
- Rebuild Iowa Office
- United States Department of Agriculture