Ames, Iowa: The 17th annual Iowa Water Conference is open for registration and invites water-related researchers, practitioners, students, and other professionals to attend September 19-20th at the Meadows Events and Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.  

The Iowa Water Conference is an opportunity for water, climate, agriculture, and natural resource professionals to come together, brainstorm and collaborate, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. 

This year, the conference theme is “Navigating the Extremes.” Climate change has been disrupting water supplies and impacting the environment, socioeconomic structures, and ecosystems, such as forests, soils, lakes, cities, and communities. Individuals and groups are invited to attend the conference and focus on ways to navigate climate extreme impacts on such areas as drinking water quality and quantity, floods, droughts, and other related subjects.  

A Pre-Conference Tour, sponsored by RDG and ISG, will be held on September 18. The tour is free to conference participants and will follow local experts to urban and rural watershed projects in Polk County. 

“We are excited to be back in Central Iowa for the conference this year,” said Laura Frescoln, Research Administrator for the Iowa Water Center. “There are so many stories and examples of water-related projects and passionate water professionals to learn from.” 

Registration is now open, and an early registration discount is available to attendees who sign up before August 30. Online registration is available here 

Questions and inquiries regarding the conference program can be directed to Laura Frescoln, Iowa Water Center (  

The Iowa Water Center: The Iowa Water Center is a federally-funded organization part of the National Institutes of Water Resources. Located on the Iowa State University campus, it is one of 54 institutes located throughout the United States and U.S territories. The purpose of the Iowa Water Center is to identify water-related research needs, provide outreach and education opportunities, and disseminate information about Iowa’s water resources to the public to form better policies and everyday practices.