Apr 03
8:00am - 10:00am Registration

Morning General Session

Presiding: Mark Land, PE, Chairman, Environmental and Water Resources Conference Committee


8:25am - 8:30am Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Mark Land, Committee Chair

8:30am - 9:15am Renewing Iowa State University’s Lake LaVerne - A Study to Reconstruct a Campus Landmark

Chris Strawhacker, Campus Planner, Iowa State University
Alyssa Iverson, Water Resources EIT, Shive-Hattery

9:15am - 10:00am Solar Farm Hydrology

Katherine Cloherty, Water Resources EIT, Stanley Consultants

10:00am - 10:15am Break - Interactive Trivia Part I

10:15am-11:00am Startup of an Algae-Based Wastewater Treatment Plant in Slater

Jens Dancer, PE, Process Engineer, Gross-Wen Technologies

11:00am-11:45am Drought Situation and General Water Demands, Spring of 2024

Michael Anderson, PE, Environmental Engineer Senior, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

11:45am-12:45pm Luncheon

What The River Knows: Why We Are Failing to Address Iowa’s Water Quality Issue
Neil Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Law and Director, Agricultural Law Center, Drake University Law School

Afternoon General Session

Moderator – Jon Garton, Environmental and Water Resources Conference Committee Member

12:45pm-1:30pm WOTUS & Mitigation Banking Update

Abigail Steele, PE, Iowa Branch Chief, USACE
Emma Aalbers, PE, Regulatory Project Manager, USACE, Rock Island District

1:30pm-2:15pm Iowa's 2D BLE Floodplain Mapping and Engineering Applications

Chad Billings, PE, Environmental Engineer, Iowa DNR

2:15pm-3:00pm Reservoir Sediment Management - Justifying Sustainability for Future Generations

Paul Boyd, PE, Ph. D., Hydraulic Engineer, USACE

3:00pm-3:15pm Break - Interactive Trivia Part II

3:15pm-4:00pm Ioway Creek Restoration and Flood Mitigation

Derek Thomas, PE, Vice President, Ames Office Manager, WHKS & Co.
Tracy Peterson, PE, Municipal Engineer, City of Ames

4:00pm-5:00pm Ethics, A Case Study: MN I-35 Bridge Collapse

Kris Evans, Ph. D., PE, Power Plant Engineer, City of Ames

5:00pm Adjourn