Poster Guidelines

2023 Iowa Water Conference

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.

Conference Attendance
Poster presenters must attend the Iowa Water Conference. Registration for the conference can be accessed in July 2023.

Student Poster Presenters
Students entered in the Poster Contest will be expected to present their poster in the afternoon of September 19, 2023, during the Lighting Round session. The schedule will be provided to participants prior to the conference.

Student poster presenters will submit an image of their poster to be included on the Iowa Water Conference website before the event.

This is separate from the requirement of presenting in person where students are required to bring a digital copy of their poster for the Lighting Round session.

Poster Displays and Dimensions
Posters will be limited to no larger than 48 inches by 48 inches. Posters will be placed two per side of the poster display board measuring 96 inches by 48 inches. Display boards are covered with white paper and placed on top of a 6’ table. Poster authors are responsible for materials to attach posters to the display board. Velcro will NOT work with the display boards. Thumbtacks or staples work best. Tape or sticky adhesive material (including HandiTack) which will rip the poster board covering will not be permitted.

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Eco-Hydrological Modeling for Sustainable Drinking Water Protection in the Des Moines River Basin
Revanth Mamidala, Lu Liu

Microbial Communities as a Pathway to Improved Woodchip and Corncob Bioreactor Design and Performance
Taylor Vroman, Michelle Soupir, Adina Howe, LorienRadmer

Disparities in potential nitrate exposures within Iowa public water systems
Emmanuel Padmore Mantey, Lu Liu, and Chris Rehmann

Influence of Floodplain Easement Vegetation Composition on Nutrient Loading within the Agricultural Midwest
Sierra Geer, William Beck, Emily Zimmerman

Longest dry spells phenomenon in Northern Tunisia: risk assessments using daily rainfall observations
Majid Mathlouthi, Fethi Lebdi

Wood Species Composition of Denitrification Bioreactors Influences Nitrate Removal and Adverse Effects
Alex Buseman, Billy Beck, Celia Delury, Michelle Soupir, Morgan Davis

Comparative assessment of drought effects on the agricultural industry in the Colorado basin region of the United States
Ossai Alu

HydroLang, HydroLang-ML, and HydroCompute: A Suite of Resources for Client-Side Environmental and Hydrological Analyses
Carlos Erazo, Yusuf Sermet, Ibrahim Demir

Extending Saturated Buffers to Additional Landscape Positions
Jen Merryman, Thomas Isenhart, Keith Schilling