Peggy Whitson

Iowa Native Former NASA Astronaut and first female Space Station Commander

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In-Depth Week

Water Quality

Register for Water Quality In-Depth Week

The Week at a Glance

  • Jun 21 @ 12pm: The Value of Water Keynote Session with Larry Weber
  • Jun 22 @ 12pm: A Recreational View: Eco- Tourism
  • Jun 23 @ 12pm: The Price of Drinking Water
  • Jun 24 @ 12pm: In Volumes: The Impact of Animal Waste
  • Jun 25 @ 12pm: The Cedar River: A Watershed Case Study

Water is perhaps the most important thing in the world.

Life centers around it. Our bodies are three-fourths water. We can't exist without it. Water defines and redefines landscapes and sustains ecosystems. It fuels social and economic development. It is a source of energy and recreation. It carries and moves other objects -- natural and manmade. Yet our relationship with it is complex. Sometimes there isn't enough, we struggle to protect it or we pollute it. Other times we fail to understand its power and impacts. We fight to control it. The decisions we make today can take decades to seep into our wells and groundwater. We expend huge energy to treat it and extract it, yet other areas lack it.

In this installment of Iowa Ideas In-Depth Week, we'll look at water quality from an array of perspectives -- from drinking water to treatment. We'll also hear from experts about the economic potential, efforts -- or lack thereof -- at controlling pollution and runoff, as well as ideas about policies and practices needed to protect water for future generations.

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Join us June 21 - June 25, 2021

In-Depth Week: Higher Education

Past Event: March 29-April 1, 2021

Next In-Depth Week: Water Quality | 06.21.21

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