Public Program: A Watershed Year: Lessons Learned – Preparing for the Future

A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008, scheduled for release on March 1, 2010, brings together perspectives from physical and environmental scientists, hydrologists, economists, public policy experts, engineers and community managers on what happened during the floods, what we can learn from this devastating experience, and how we can better prepare for flooding in the future.

In anticipation of the release of the book, the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) is organizing a program to highlight the book’s publication and to focus attention on the challenges ahead as we better prepare for the floods of the future.   For book details, go to:

The evening agenda includes:

  • Welcome – Jerry Schnoor, co-director, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and Chairman, Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council
  • About the book – Cornelia F. Mutel, book editor and Historian and Archivist, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
  • Trends in Iowa precipitation – Gene Takle, Director, Climate Change Initiative, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Professor of Agricultural Meteorology, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
  • Trends in Iowa water run-off – Richard Cruse, Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Director, Iowa Water Center
  • How is Iowa preparing for more Iowa floods?
  • Iowa Flood Center – Witold Krajewski, Director, Iowa Flood Center, and Research Engineer, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa
  • Cedar Falls Floodplain Initiative – Kamyar Enshayan, Cedar Falls City Council
  • Rebuild Iowa Office state policy recommendations – Lieutenant General Ron Dardis, Executive Director, Rebuild Iowa Office
  • Panel discussion with audience Q and A
  • Refreshments and book signing

    Event Details
    Tuesday, March 9, 2010
    6:30-8:00 pm
    Iowa State Historical Building
    600 East Locust
    Des Moines, Iowa
    For more information about the meeting contact Joe Bolkcom at 319-353-2681 or

    Event Co-Sponsors

  • Conservation Districts of Iowa
  • Iowa Association of Water Agencies
  • Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • Iowa Department of Economic Development
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Environmental Council
  • Iowa Insurance Division
  • Iowa Flood Center
  • Iowa Municipal Utility Association
  • Iowa Native Plant Society
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Iowa Office of Energy Independence
  • Iowa Rivers Revival
  • Iowa State University Extension
  • Iowa Storm Water Education Program
  • Iowa Water Center
  • Iowa Whitewater Coalition
  • Rebuild Iowa Office
  • Trees Forever
  • UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education