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challenges to providing safe drinking water in the midwest - a symposium

On September 21-22, 2017, a statewide symposium was held at Drake University in Des Moines to examine various impediments to providing safe drinking water in the Midwest.  The symposium was co-sponsored by several University of Iowa centers, including the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC), Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), and the UI Public Policy Center.  Partnering organizations included the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, The Iowa Public Health Association, Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa Association of Water Agencies, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Central Iowa Drinking Water Commission.

Over the course of a day and a half, 13 speakers delivered presentations and participated in panel discussion on subjects such as the Health Impacts of Nitrate in Drinking Water, New Technologies and Approaches for Mitigating Unregulated Contaminants in Drinking Water, Health Impacts from Drinking Water Treatment, New and Emerging Threats, Ordering our Priorities, and Communicating with the Public on Drinking Water Issues.

Approximately 150 people attended the symposium, including water regulators, researchers, state legislators, students, educators, and environmental and public health representatives from across Iowa. 

Speakers represented several universities, both in Iowa and nationwide, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the press, and various water and environmental organizations and agencies.
The symposium agenda can be viewed here

Video Interviews from the Symposium (Iowa Environmental Focus)

Slide Presentations posted with permission:

Brender, Jean. Nitrate in drinking water and adverse reproductive outcomes

Cwiertny, Dave. Drinking Water Byproducts

Davis, Caroline. Iowa Water Quality Information System

Ensley, Steve. Harmful Algal Blooms - Ecologic Impact

Gutierrez, Sally. New Technologies and Approaches for Mitigation

Hamilton, Neil. High Hopes and Hard Truths

Jones, Rena. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Iowa Public Drinking Water

Lovell, Shelli - Consumer Confidence Reports

Moreno, Ed. Water Utility Industry Perspective

Schnoor, Jerry. From the Source to the Tap - Priorities

Skopec, Mary. Harmful Algal Blooms - Impacts on Iowa Water Sources

Ward, Mary. Nitrate and Cancer Risk

Weyer, Peter. Nitrate in Iowa - History and Surveillance














We would like to thank all of the following organizations for co-sponsoring this event:


Lead Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors and Planning Partners