HorseshoeBend_07.27The Prairie Lakes Conference offers a unique opportunity for lake management professionals, citizens and researchers to come together and focus on improving the water quality of the outstanding lake resources found in the Midwest.  Appropriately set on the shores of the Iowa Great Lakes, the conference will explore the unique topic of prairie lakes, as well as engage participants in discussions about science, stewardship and the roles of economics and social goals in lake management.  We will dive into the broad range of management subjects with a special emphasis on the interconnected nature of our prairie lakes and the opportunities for collaboration as we strive to work together to improve water quality.  Attendees will engage in topics such as the science of lakes; landscape & watershed science; soil health; the social, political & economic aspects of lake management; aquatic plant & algae management; nutrient management; an overview of local and state management programs; case studies of prairie lake management projects; and fisheries management.  We look forward to your support as we celebrate these valuable lakes!

The agenda for the 2017 Prairie Lakes Conference is getting close to completion and has been posted on the Agenda Page of this website.  Starting on August 9 we will begin with a field day, hosted by the Dickinson SWCD and the Iowa Learning Farms.  On August 10, the Conference will start off with Water Words that Work ( who will teach us about words and how to use them, when talking water quality.  Once again we have world class speakers who will present their knowledge and skills for the rest of the day on the 10th and all day the 11th.

On the evening of the 11th the Okoboji Blue Water Festival will begin with the first of two concerts for the Festival, Chris Isaak will entertain us on Friday.  Saturday will be a day of activity focusing on water and things that each person can do.  On Saturday night the main event will occur with the Animals in concert at around 7:00 pm.