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Thank you to all those that attended 
IGWA's Virtual Fall Conference
Focus on Private Wells

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

Presentations included:
Exposure Risks for Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Drinking Water by Darrin Thompson (CHEEC)
Grants to Counties: Where we've been, and where we're going by Mindy Uhle (IDPH)
SWIGG: The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geologist Study by Ken Bradbury (WI Geologic Survey)
Panel Discussion: Current Needs and Future Concerns for Private Wells in Iowa hosted by David Cwiertny (CHEEC)

For a recording of the conference, click below:
Fall 2020 Conference Recording 

Staci Williams from ISG Inc. presents:
Central Iowa Water Trails
May 29, 2020
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(start recording at 6 minutes)


Staci brings nearly 15 years of experience working with cities and towns around the country to promote the economic and recreation potential of their local bodies of water, with a focus on furthering clean water goals, revitalizing historic downtown areas, and reconnecting communities to their rivers and streams. As ISG’s Water Resources + Community Engagement Lead, she guides clients through the planning, public outreach, and fundraising process. Prior to joining ISG, Staci worked for the national nonprofit, American Rivers, advancing policies and practices aimed at protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Alicia Vasto of the Iowa Environmental Council presents:
2020 Legislative and IWILL Updates
May 8, 2020

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Alicia joined the Iowa Environmental Council as the Water Policy and Advocacy Specialist in 2019. She grew up in Adel, Iowa. She previously worked as the director of the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, where she supported environmental educators and advanced environmental literacy. Alicia holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University with a focus on land conservation and management, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame.

IWILL was included in the Governor’s Invest in Iowa Act tax package, which was introduced in the 2020 legislative session. Although the fate of the bill and legislative session is unclear, Alicia Vasto will explain the history of IWILL, IEC’s analysis of the Invest in Iowa Act, and what’s next.

             Kaela Gollob of Iowa State University presents:
Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of an Alluvial Aquifer in Ames, IA: Evidence of NO3-N Transport and Denitrification
May 1, 2020
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Kaela Gollob is a senior at Iowa State University with a double major in Geology and Environmental Science. She plans to focus on hydrogeology in graduate school after her graduation in the spring of 2020. When she is not in class, she works as a lab technician intern for the USDA National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment on campus and as a manager for the ISU Outdoor Recreation Program, where she has led backcountry trips to Utah, Georgia, and Arkansas. In her free time, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, especially by backpacking, kayaking, and traveling.

Project:Kaela’s project tested the hypothesis that nitrate-N is transported from a losing reach of the South Skunk River, where denitrification removes nitrate-N in the adjacent alluvial aquifer. The objectives were to investigate the seasonal variability of nitrate-N in the South Skunk River and its variability with depth in the alluvial aquifer; and to document the process of denitrification in the aquifer and identify the source(s) of nitrate-N. The results of this investigation improve our understanding of nitrate-N occurrence in alluvial aquifers used for municipal drinking water.



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