Iowa Water Center request for stories

The Iowa Water Center is an unbiased, federally-funded Water Resources Research Institute that explores a diverse range of topics in water. We establish a public trust in scientific water information. We believe that consuming science-based information can empower individuals to be knowledgeable about their surroundings and to act in building better ecological and social communities.… Read More Iowa Water Center request for stories

In a word: overwhelming.

Post written by Melissa Miller, Associate Director for the Iowa Water Center As I reflect on the 2019 Iowa Water Conference, the first word that comes to mind is overwhelming. Overwhelming numbers – of people attending, sponsors and exhibitors, and speakers. Overwhelming breadth of topics and information presented. Overwhelming energy, optimism, new ideas. Overwhelming support… Read More In a word: overwhelming.

Bates awarded CYtation Award

On March 22, 2018, Program Assistant Hanna Bates was awarded a CYtation Award from the Iowa State University Professional & Scientific Council at Iowa State University for performing above the call of duty at the Iowa Water Center. She is one of approximately 12 others to receive this award this year.

A Weekend of Algae

Over September 9-13, our new ISU PhD student Tania Leung and I traveled to northwest Iowa to the Lakeside Laboratory. Our goals at Lakeside were twofold: to collect preliminary data on our Iowa Water Center funded project in order to plan our field campaign for summer 2017, and
to participate in the Phycological Research Consortium (PRC).

Our research will use deep West Lake Okoboji and shallow East Lake Okoboji to evaluate the potential that iron is released out of lake sediments, stimulating the blooming of toxic cyanobacteria in Iowa’s lakes during the summers. These harmful algal blooms (HABs) continue to increase, which threaten the safety of Iowa’s surface water for drinking and recreation.… Read More A Weekend of Algae

From the IWC Director: Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?

On July 26, IWC Director Rick Cruse presented to about 150 attendees at the Arkansas Water Resources Center’s Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was “Nutrients, Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms.” Dr. Cruse spoke during the opening general session in a presentation entitled “Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?” The following is… Read More From the IWC Director: Water Quality – Why Such a Challenge?