Iowa Water Conference September 19-20, 2023, Altoona, Iowa
Navigating Extremes

The 17th annual Iowa Water Conference will be held on September 19-20, 2023, at the Meadows Events and Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. This year, the conference theme is “Navigating the Extremes.” Climate change has been disrupting water supplies and impacting the environment, socioeconomic structures, and ecosystems, such as forests, soils, lakes, cities, and communities.

The Iowa Water Conference and our conference planning partners invite individuals and groups to focus on the ways individuals and communities navigate climate extreme impacts on such areas as drinking water quality and quantity, floods, droughts, and other related subjects.

We are planning three broad focus areas associated with the theme of the conference:

  • Climate change: water insecurity, managing/addressing water shortages/excess, water quality, cities’ climate action plans, and related topics
  • Sociological implications of climate change: impact on underserved populations, flood management, planning for the metro area watersheds, drought management, including Iowa drought plan and associated policies, building resiliency on many levels, including water policy-building, outreach and education on K-12 and college levels as part of curriculum/instruction and research in higher education
  • Women and water: climate change awareness of women landowners; women land legacy group(s); women’s role in policy- and community-building practices.

As a trend of increasing climate extremes is observed across the U.S., we are looking for the findings and responses to droughts, floods, heat waves and sudden intense rainfalls across our region. How do climate extremes impact our communities? What do we do to increase resilience and mitigate the impact of these increasingly frequent events?

Iowa Water Conference is a great opportunity for water, climate, agriculture, and natural resource professionals to come together, brainstorm and collaborate, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.

Join us in Altoona in September 2023 as we explore ways to navigate the extremes.