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Virtual Thursday Forum: What’s in Your Water? Water Quality in Iowa (and Beyond)

Virtual Thursday Forum: What’s in Your Water? Water Quality in Iowa (and Beyond)

This Thursday Forum will explore the issue of water quality in Iowa. The forum will begin with a brief introduction to the history of water technology and regulation in the United States, including the Clean Water Act (1972) and Safe Drinking Water Act (1974).  As a primarily agricultural state, Iowa’s most significant water quality issues include excess nutrients and bacteria. We will discuss the impacts of those pollutants on human health and the environment, examine efforts to assess the problem (including our own Coe Water Quality Lab) and review the recent lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works against drainage districts in northwestern Iowa. We will also assess the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Iowa’s plan to reduce the impact of its contribution to the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.” Finally, we will take a look at headline-grabbing water-quality issues with contaminants such as lead, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”) and viruses, with an eye toward anticipating future developments. 

Online forums will be available to view at www.coe.edu/why-coe/events/thursday-forum. There will be two (2) recorded presentations for each month's forum topic. Videos will be released early in that forum's month (on the first or second Thursday), with specific release dates announced via the Thursday Forum email list. Once posted, videos may be viewed at any time.

For more information about any aspect of Thursday Forum, call 319.399.8523 or visit www.coe.edu/why-coe/events/thursday-forum.