2019 Agenda

*Cost of the Conference is $100 for two days; $70 for one day.  Scholarships are available.  The Field Day is free, but pre-registration is appreciated so that we can plan for meals.


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Field Tour 9:00 – 11:00

Wallace and Bowers Nature Area, North Shore of Big Spirit Lake

Lunch at Mini-Wakan State Park 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Thursday Afternoon – conference presentations with plenary

Welcome and Opening 1:00 – 1:15

Plenary 1:15 – 2:00

Dr. Larry Weber — IIHR.  The Iowa Watershed Approach: A Vision for a More Resilient Iowa.

Break 2:00 – 2:30

Sessions 2:30 – 5:00

Session 1 – Understanding Lake Resources

  1. An Integrated Watershed Model for the Iowa Great Lakes – Marcela Politano, IIHR
  2. Lost Island Lake Renovation – Mike Hawkins, Iowa DNR
  3. Data Collection and Development of a Hydrologic Budget Model for the Protection and Management of the Iowa Great Lakes Chain – Adel E. Haj, USGS
  4. Road Salt Impacts in Lake Watersheds – Rebecca Kauten, University of Iowa

Evening Social FYRA Sponsored

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Sundeck)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday Morning

Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00

Plenary 9:00 – 9:45

Pat Boddy, RDGBounce Houses and Breaking Bread: Connecting for Conservation Planning

Sessions 10:00 – 12:00

Session 2 – General Interest: Tips, Tool and Tricks for Managing Lake Resources

  1. Aquatic vegetation mapping and land drainage analysis using UAV’s – Adam Batschelet, Green Aero Tech
  2. Where Conservation Meets Agriculture; Teaching Landowners About Nature-Friendly Food Farming– Joseph Klingelhutz, Silt
  3. A Versatile Tool for Decision-making and System Dynamics:  Applications for Lake Management.  – Charles Ikenberry, FYRA Engineering
  4. Improving Drought Resiliency at Rock Valley Rural Water and the Potential Impacts on Groundwater Quality – Mike Gannon, Iowa Geological Survey


Friday Afternoon Field Sessions

Kayak Tour of Little Miller’s Bay and Native Aquatic Vegetation Discussion

Saturday, August 11, 2019

All Day Okoboji Blue Water Festival (www.okobojibluewaterfestival.com)