Special Events

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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

The City of Dyersville, home of the Field of Dreams movie site, is leading efforts in Iowa to improve the water quality of its streams while providing economic and recreational development opportunities. In the past, the streams have largely been ignored except during extreme flood events. Realizing that streams can be a resource to the community, this vision unites public, rural, and downtown private partners with the mantra “If you clean the water, they will come!” The confluence of funding for water quality practices, flood mitigation, brownfield redevelopment, and stream restoration, provides the framework needed to throw the first pitch by addressing water quality concerns and improving river access.

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

4:00 p.m. Leave Dubuque’s Grand River Center and Travel to Dyersville
Travel via coach bus. Water, soda, and Field of Dreams puns included.
8:30 p.m. Return to Dubuque’s Grand River Center

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Conference Reception:

Join conference attendees for a reception on September 28th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, hosted by JEO Consulting Group. We’ll enjoy drinks, appetizers, and hear from Hank Kohler on his fundraising efforts for the science literacy program. You will receive one free drink ticket sponsored by JEO Consulting Group.

The Mississippi River Museum is just steps away from the conference venue, located at 350 East 3rd Street, Port of Dubuque, Iowa 52001.


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Please visit our exhibitor area for these featured attractions:

2022 Program Feature: IMMERSED
FEMA’s IMMERSED uses virtual reality (VR) technology to connect people on a more personal level to flood risks and ways to reduce them. It’s difficult for people to imagine the impacts of something that hasn’t yet happened, and planning for the future can take a back seat to the pressing needs of the moment. VR helps overcome this barrier by creating an experience to help people better understand the risks associated with flooding and explore, in a safe environment, how to address them. IMMERSED uses virtual reality to walk the user through several different scenarios of flood risk, then walks them through the scenarios again after the flood risk has been mitigated.


The Land Remains: Book signing by author Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton will be available to sign copies of his book, The Land Remains- A Midwestern Perspective On Our Past and Future. The book is available for purchase for $25 (cash or check only.