Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress
March 22-23, 2017-Ames, Iowa

Plenary Sessions: Benton Auditorium

  • From the bottom up
  • Chad Pregracke, Living Lands and Water
    This presentation given in Benton Hall was not recorded at the request of the presenter.

  • Learning from Iowa's premier citizen science program
  • Making connections: Watersheds at work
  • Beyond pretty flowers: Green Infrastructure as a practical framework for landscape stewardship
  • Fishing's future in Iowa - Can urban stormwater be a magic bullet?
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Award Luncheons

  • Wednesday's Award Luncheon: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture presented the 2016 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Water Center will recognize the winner of the Spirit of the Water essay contest.
  • Thurday's Award Luncheon: Presentation of student poster contest awards, photography contest winners, and stormwater award.
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Concurrent Sessions

Floodplain management for watershed resiliency

  • Using 2D hydraulic models for planning and designing more resilient infrastructure and communities
  • Development of Flood-inundation models and simulation Flood mitigation practices
  • Cedar River communities floodplain evaluation
  • Informed decisions come from knowing the risks
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Partnership in Action

  • Watershed planning to achieve multi-disciplinary goals: The Nebraska approach
  • Iowa Silver Jackets: Bee a part of the hive – Strategic partnerships in flood risk management
  • Agroforestry partnerships
  • Protecting source water – One acre at a time
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Managing Soil and Nutrients within the Field

  • Nitrogen dynamics in Iowa crop systems: Myths and realities
  • Economic impacts of applied conservation in agricultural landscapes in the Middle Cedar Watershed
  • Precision fertilizer and manure phosphorus management increases profits from crop production and minimize water quality impacts
  • Economic impacts of applied conservation in agricultural landscapes in the Middle Cedar Watershed
  • Cover crop termination: Strategies and challenges
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Tales from the Watershed

  • Quick Creek: Watershed scale improvements require watershed scale partnerships
  • The biological and social response of a fishery renovation of Black Hawk Lake
  • Hickory Grove Lake: Targeting impairments at their source
  • Our watershed moment: Success stories from Iowa
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Current Research

  • Improving drought resiliency of rural water systems in northwest Iowa and the potential impacts on groundwater quality
  • Changes in lake use, annual spending, and water quality due to lake restoration activities in Iowa
  • Legacy nitrogen pollution: Freshwater mussels to the rescue
  • The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Farmer Survey: Preliminary results on use of cover crops
  • Assessing the effectiveness of stormwater best management practices
  • Supply and transport controls on nitrate delivery
  • Source of nitrogen in the Cedar River watershed in Iowa and Minnesota during the first decade and half of the 21st century
  • An Iowa prototype for a generic watershed decision support system
  • Lyons Creek Watershed Project:  Lessons learned from partner and participant reflections
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Measurement and Monitoring

  • How are urban BMPs performing in Iowa and what can we do to make them better?
  • Nutrients at Iowa wastewater plants: What you need to know
  • Real time phosphorus data in Iowa and Illinois streams in support of nutrient reduction goals
  • Lake Monitoring in Iowa: Trends and case studies using 17 years of monitoring data
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From Grey to Green in Urban Watersheds

  • No Bluffing in Fort Dodge
  • Triple benefits of a flood mitigation project: Water main protection, low-head dam mitigation and streambank stabilization on Squaw Creek
  • Easter Lake Urban Watershed Project: A multiscale approach to conservation
  • Managing stormwater and saving money in urban transportation corridors with green infrastructure
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Current Technology

  • Example application of ArcSLAMM/WinSLAMM urban modeling system to Iowa urban watersheds
  • Woodchip bioreactors: Strategies for enhanced performance and multicontaminant removal
  • Lyons Creek Watershed Project: Lessons learned from partner and participant reflections
  • Nitrate removal and design considerations for saturated buffers
  • Carpe Diem (seize the carp): Common carp management and lake restoration
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Engaging the Community as a Partner

  • Best practices in science education for adults and children
  • Risk communication and cognitive bias: Strategies to drive risk-informed decisions
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