Conference

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 2018 Prairie Lakes Conference is getting close to completion and has been posted on the Agenda Page of this website.  Starting on August 9th, we will begin with a field day in the morning, hosted by the Dickinson SWCD and the Iowa Learning Farms, followed up by the conference beginning that afternoon.  Once again we have an incredible group of speakers who will present their knowledge and skills for the rest of the day on the 9th, the morning of the 10th, with field sessions being held in the afternoon.

Stay for the weekend and take in the all day event at the Okoboji Blue Water Festival. Find out more information at: https://www.okobojibluewaterfestival.com/about-the-event