4 p.m. Check-in and Munchies
Enjoy the scrumptious cuisine of the Hotel Fort Des Moines while mingling with volunteers and professionals from across the state.
6 p.m. Evening Keynote: Gulf Hypoxia
United States Geological Survey
7:15 p.m. Wide, Open Spaces
Do you ever wish you could set the agenda? Here's your chance!
8:30 p.m. Concert: Carter and Connelley
A must see! “A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll,” this energetic and insightful duo tackle environmental concerns through their music. Your feet will be tappin’ to their “music with a message!”
9 a.m. Morning Keynote
Paul Johnson, Former Director - Iowa DNR
10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions A, B, C and D
A. The Impact of Our Decisions - IOWATER Coordinator and naturalist Rich Leopold shares his view of society's responsibility to answer critical questions concerning our natural resources.
B. The Clean Water Act at Work in Iowa - Many provisions within this federal legislation are intimately tied to water quality and land use decisions locally in Iowa. Learn the processes and decipher the jargon.
C. Plant a Prairie, Build a Wetland: Funding Sources for Conservation Practices in Iowa - If you've ever thought of trying your hand at planting a prairie, restoring a wetland, or attempting some other method of conservation, this is the workshop for you. We'll take you through the maze of state and federal funding sources to the many available programs.
D. Identifying Critical Volunteer Projects: What on Earth Can YOU Do? - Would you like to learn how to eliminate invasive species in your local park? Need the know-how to stabilize that stream bank? Get ready to take notes on these and other projects.
12 noon Lunch
12:15 p.m. Conference Keynote
Don Elder, River
Network - Oregon
12:40 p.m. Volunteer Awards
Join us in recognizing some of the most active “movers and shakers” in Iowa, environmentally speaking.
1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions E, F, G and H
E. Real Work and Recreational Activity: The Value of Stewardship and Service - We all have to serve somebody whether we are a prisoner or president. Gandhi said, “I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own self-realization through the service of these village folk.” Explore the values that shape our lives, define our landscape and determine our future.
F. Laying a Foundation: Professional Water Quality Monitoring in Iowa - You've read about water quality in the newspaper, you probably even know about it firsthand - but how much do you know about what the professionals are up to?
G. Natural Resources Policy: How to Affect REAL Change and Gain Support - In today's environment of reduced budgets, "relaxing" of environmental safeguards, and the diverse demands on our natural resources, how does a lone citizen make legislators listen? Question and answer session included.
H. IOWATER Rap: Success Stories and Challenges Ahead - An informal workshop where volunteer monitors have the opportunity to share their experiences - what's working for them, what isn't, and what should the future of IOWATER look like.
3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I, J, K and L
I. The Real Super Heroes: Friends Groups - They are the backbone of community
support and stewardship efforts in many of our natural areas. How do you start a successful friends group, what makes people want to join and how do you stay motivated?
J. Looking Ahead: Natural Resources Legislation and Appropriation Forecast 2002 - What critical issues can we expect to surface and what is the state budget going to look like for natural resources? Question and answer session included.
K. Iowa Water Quality Experts, “Lightly Grilled” - A sampling of Iowa's top scientists and policymakers will answer your questions on various water quality issues.
L. Lake Monitoring in Iowa
- Iowa is currently in the second full year of an intensive five-year study on 132 of its lakes. Learn what has been found to date, and what we hope gain by the end of the study.
Jeff Vonk, Director - Iowa DNR