On The Radio – Des Moines event examines water quality and infrastructure in Iowa


Could Flint Happen Here
(Public Policy Center, University of Iowa)
Nick Fetty | June 13, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment covers Des Moines symposium, “Iowa’s Drinking Water: Could Flint Happen Here?”

Transcript: Des Moines event examines water quality and infrastructure in Iowa

After unsafe lead levels were detected in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, an upcoming event aims to educate Iowans about water issues in the Hawkeye State.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the UI’s Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination have organized a symposium in Des Moines scheduled for this weekend entitled “Iowa’s Drinking Water: Could Flint Happen Here?” The all-day event will include panels of water experts from various agencies and institutions including the University of Iowa, Drake University, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

David Cwiertny, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, helped to organize the event.

David Cwiertny: “With Flint being in the news we wanted to organize a symposium that would address, “Could such a crises happen here in Iowa?” We also wanted to make sure we thought about issues beyond just lead contamination that might also be relevant in Iowa so we’ll be talking about agriculture and its impact on drinking water as well as challenges beyond nitrate and what’s going on in Des Moines.”

The event is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday June 17 at the Community Choice Credit Union in downtown Des Moines.

For more information and to register, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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