Agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Pre -Conference Tour:
Field of Dreams Watershed: Bringing People Back to the Water

Free event and includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Tour is limited to 100 guests and pre-registration is required.

4:00-4:30 Leave Dubuque’s Grand River Center and Travel to Dyersville
Travel via coach bus. Water, soda, and Field of Dreams puns included.
4:30-4:50 Stop #1: Hewitt Creek at the Field of Dreams
The trip starts near the headwaters of the Field of Dreams watershed at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The vision is to connect the Field of Dreams Movie Site to the downtown community by way of Hewitt Creek. Equally important, we hope to help residents and tourist re-envision Hewitt Creek as a community resource, one that can be capitalized for recreational opportunities and increased accessibility to downtown and everything Dyersville has to offer.
4:50-5:00 Board Bus and Travel to Stop #2
5:00-5:20 Stop #2: Field of Dreams Stormwater Wetland Phase 1
The stormwater wetland is located prominently along the North Fork Maquoketa River near the convergence of Hewitt Creek. The project will treat 12.6 acres of runoff and intercept the Water Quality Volume (WQv) from a 1.25-inch rain event once completed this fall. The wetland is the second practice within this watershed and will be an aesthetically pleasing, natural greenspace, and an outdoor classroom for residents and tourists.
5:20-5:30 Board Bus and Travel to Stop #3
5:30-6:00 Stop #3: Bear Creek Restoration
This project was the first State Revolving Fund (SRF) Clean Water Sponsored Project to utilize the Iowa River Restoration Toolbox (IRRT) in the State of Iowa. Restoration included 4.2 acres of riparian buffer seeded with plants native to Iowa, a half-acre of oxbow restoration, and over 1,500 linear feet of stream restoration practices including fish habitat improvements, inner streambank benches, cross vanes, and j-hooks. Construction was completed at Bear Creek in 2021 and annual monitoring and maintenance is underway.
6:00-6:10 Board Bus and Travel to Stop #4
6:10-6:30 Stop #4: Future Location of the Downtown Driftless Float Park
This project will be a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly outdoor recreation experience. The proposal is to create a lazy river float park, through stream restoration measures. Natural amenities that blend into the stream include native stone hard scaping that can serve as steps down to the stream and/or seating for onlookers. The overall vision for this project is to develop a nature-based amenity that will provide economic benefits, retain young professionals and families, and keep visitors coming to Dyersville.
6:30-8:00 Tour Reception
Light dinner and refreshments provided in downtown Dyersville!
8:00-8:30 Bus departs for Dubuque’s Grand River Center

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

PLENARY WEDNESDAY MORNING
10:00 City of Dubuque Welcome
David Resnick- City of Dubuque, Mayor Pro Tem
10:05-10:55 Iowa Farmers and Farm Programs: Powerful Public/Private Partnerships for Farmer Led Environmental Services
Matt Russell (Farm Service Agency)
10:55-11:45 Bee Branch Creek Restoration – Community Values
Michael A Jansen (Strand Associates, Inc.); Steve Brown (City of Dubuque)
11:45-12:45 Lunch
BREAKOUT ONE: Community Engagement and Water
12:45-1:15 Paved Wetlands: Restoring Flood Storage Post Urbanization
Tim Olson & Ryan Benjegerdes (Bolton & Menk)
1:20-1:50 Building a locally-led water monitoring program
Daniel Haug (Prairie Rivers of Iowa); Tracy Peterson (City of Ames); Maryann Ryan (City of Ames); Sara Carmichael (Story County Conservation)
1:55-2:25 Northeast Iowa Watershed Guardian Program’s Innovative Model for Urban Stormwater Education
Tori Nimrod (Northeast Iowa RC&D)
2:30-3:00 Floodplain Restoration on Mill Creek in Jackson County, Iowa
Bekir Z Demiray (University of Iowa)
BREAKOUT TWO: Flood Resiliency
12:45-1:15 Davenport’s Flood Resiliency Plan
Teresa Stadelmann (HR Green, Inc.); Clay Merritt (City of Davenport)
1:20-1:50 Iowa’s Flood Future
Gabriele Villarini (University of Iowa)
1:55-2:25 Iowa DNR Statewide Two Dimensional Base Level Engineering (2D BLE) Update
Chris E Kahle (Iowa DNR)
2:30-3:00 Peak-Flow Frequency Analysis and Nonstationarity in Iowa
Padraic O’Shea (U.S. Geological Survey)
BREAKOUT THREE: Rivers and Streams in Iowa
12:45-1:15 The Missouri River Flood Information System
Dan Gilles (Iowa Flood Center )
1:20-1:50 Declining Nutrient Concentrations in Iowa Rivers, 2002-2017
Jennifer Murphy (USGS – Central Midwest Water Science Center) Jennifer will present virtually; Stephen Kalkhoff (U.S. Geological Survey)
1:55-2:25 The race to protect and improve urban streams – Sugar Creek story
Ivo Lopez (Snyder & Associates, Inc.); Jennifer Welch (Polk SWCD)
2:30-3:00 Floodplain Restoration on Mill Creek in Jackson County, Iowa
Dan Kirby (IDNR)
BREAKOUT FOUR: Agriculture and Water Resources
12:45-1:15 Building Water Quality and Soil Conservation Infrastructure in Iowa
Matthew J McDonald (IDALS); Tanner Puls (IDALS)
1:20-1:50 FARMING THE WATERSHEDS by Veterans
Dr. Raymond Meylor, Paul Havran (USAF)
1:55-2:25 Multicropping Iowa: Exploring multi-cropping as an effective and economical watershed management tool.
Ross Evelsizer (Northeast Iowa RC&D)
2:30-3:00 Streamlining Nutrient Removal Wetlands: A Targeted Approach, from Concept to Construction, to Build Wetlands in Bulk
Jon Rosengren (Bolton & Menck); Shawn Richmond (INREC)
BREAKOUT FIVE: Iowa Watershed Approach
12:45-1:15 Flood Mitigation Site Investigation in a Karst Landscape
Matt Frana (Upper Iowa Watershed Project)
1:20-1:50 The Middle Cedar River Watershed: An Iowa Watershed Approach Success Story
Meghan Funke (WHKS & Co.); Lou Wehrspann (WHKS & Co.); Jennifer Fencl (Middle Cedar WMA)
1:55-2:25 Lessons learned in the evaluation of the Iowa Watershed Approach
Logan Drake (University of Iowa)
2:30-3:00 Measuring Flood Reduction Benefits using GHOST: The Iowa Watershed Model
Antonio Arenas (Iowa State University)
3:05-3:25 Break
Panels
3:25-4:25 Environmental and Agronomic Impacts of Prairie Strips
Cole Dutter (ISU), Eric Henning (ISU), Antonio Arenas (ISU)
3:25-4:25 The Evolving Carbon Market: Opportunities and Challenges for both farmers and companies
Jason Weller (Truterra); Adam Kiel (Soil & Water Outcomes); Alyssa Cho (Bayer)
3:25-4:25 A Closer Look at Eastern Iowa Post Con Ordinances: Coralville, Davenport, & Dubuque Area
Amy Foster (City of Coralville), Amy Kay (City of Davenport), John Wiley (Dubuque Co. SWCD)
PLENARY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
4:30-5:15 Impacts of subsistence gardens in 5 Indigenous communities of the US Midwest: Earth and People
Derrick Papayou
5:30-7:30 Reception at Mississippi River Museum — sponsored by JEO, remarks from Hank Kohler


Thursday, September 29, 2022

PLENARY THURSDAY MORNING
8:15-9:15 Building Innovative Stormwater Treatment Systems and Green Infrastructure Projects through Partnership, Collaboration, and Community Engagement to Protect and Improve the Water Quality of Mississippi River
Udai Singh (Water Resources Director at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO)
WORKSHOPS:
9:20-10:20 Building Bridges: Connecting Water Utilities & Farmers to Address Nutrient Pollution
Mary Beth Stevenson (City of Cedar Rapids); Jennifer Terry (Des Moines Water Works); Ashley Geesman (City of Ames); Marty Braster (Rathbun Regional Water Assoc)
9:20-10:20 Flood Resilience Action Plan Guidebook for Planners
V Fixmer-Oraiz (Astig Planning LLC); Asmita Poudel (Astig Planning LLC)
9:20-10:20 Integrating Rivers and Streams as a Catalyst for Community Revitalization and Resiliency
Staci Williams (ISG)
9:20-10:20 Evolution of Bioretention Cell Design Over the Past 10 Years
Zaid Alsamawi (City of Coralville), Aaron Gwinnup (City of Iowa City), Jennifer Welch (Polk Co. SWCD)
BREAKOUT SIX: Social Sciences
10:35-11:05 The Conservation Practitioner Poll: An Annual Survey to Strengthen the Conservation Community
Catherine DeLong (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
11:10-11:40 Public Engagement and Planning Leads to Successful Des Moines River Restoration Efforts in Fort Dodge, IA
Jeff Walters (Snyder & Associates, Inc)
11:45-12:15 Assessing How Signs Build Awareness of Creeks and Watersheds in Iowa
Stephen K Hopkins (Iowa Dept of Natural Resources); Nathan Stevenson (ISU Ext)
BREAKOUT SEVEN: Phosphorus: Urban and Rural Landscapes
10:35-11:05 Monitoring Phosphorus and Turbidity during High Flows in Eastern Iowa
Elliot S Anderson (University of Iowa)
11:10-11:40 Iron sand biochar filters for phosphorus and bacteria removal in urban areas
Edward A Matthiesen (Stantec)
11:45-12:15 Performance of In-Field Management Practices at Reducing Dissolved Phosphorus Loss from Iowa Corn and Soybean Fields
Antonio Mallarino (Iowa State University)
BREAKOUT EIGHT: Addressing Urban Stormwater Management
10:35-11:05 What’s New with ISWMM
Paul Miller (IDALS); Jennifer Welch (Polk SWCD)
11:10-11:40 Using the Storm Water Management Model to examine effects of climate change on residential areas with distributed BMPs
Breanna Marmur (Iowa State University)
11:45-12:15 Data-based Stormwater Master Planning in Oskaloosa, IA.
Sandy Pumphrey (HR Green); Sean Murphy (City of Oskaloosa)
BREAKOUT NINE: Exploring the Mississippi River
10:35-11:05 New Water Quality Index to Evaluate Historical Mississippi River Water Quality Data
Chris Jones (IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa)
11:10-11:40 TBD
11:45-12:15 Potential for Natural Infrastructure to Reduce Flood and Water Quality Risks in the Mississippi River Basin
Keith Schilling (Iowa Geological Survey)
BREAKOUT TEN: Beyond N and P – Contaminants in our Waterways
10:35-11:05 Investigating the Prevalence of “Forever” Contaminants (Microplastics and PFAS) in Small Agricultural Streams: The Importance of a Multi-matrix Approach
Shannon Meppelink (U.S. Geological Survey); Dana Kolpin (U.S. Geological Survey)
11:10-11:40 Moving Towards a Better Understanding of Bacterial Impairments at Public Beaches in Iowa
Jason A Palmer (Iowa DNR)
11:45-12:15 Changing Complex Exposure Mixtures in a Temperate Region Wastewater Effluent-Dominated Stream in Iowa
Greg LeFevre (University of Iowa)
12:15-1:45 Lunch
PLENARY THURSDAY AFTERNOON
1:45-2:45 The Power of Partnerships
Mike Steuck (IDNR)
2:45-3:00 Conference Wrap Up