Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy

 

Five Years Out: Ongoing Impacts & Challenges of the 2008 Floods

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids
Friday, May 31st, 2013 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Melissa Minarsich holds hands with her boyfriend Scott Smith as they walk down the street from Smith's parents home on Taft Speedway Wednesday, June 11, 2008 in Iowa City. The water level on Taft Speedway is expected to rise several more feet. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

June 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of the epic Eastern Iowa floods of 2008, which caused greater damage to the Iowa and Cedar River watersheds than any other natural disaster in recorded history. The fifth-year anniversary is an excellent opportunity to discuss what has changed as a result of the floods and ongoing policy challenges.

Photo credit: Brian Ray/The Gazette.

Please register above to join us for the symposium. The goals of the symposium are to:

  • Generate productive discussions among local leaders, policy makers, residents, and scholars.
  • Begin to bridge the gap between rural and urban approaches to water management.
  • Identify unresolved water management policies and explore how they might reach resolution.

A related event, Five Years Out: Trouble the Water Curator Talk and Reception, will be held on Thursday, May 30 at Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids. Click here to find out more details about the May 30 curator talk and reception.

These events are part of the Living with Floods 2013 series of events being held statewide to commemorate the anniversary of recent flood events, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of flood mitigation strategies and the interconnectedness of our environment and watersheds. Click here to find out more details about the Living with Floods 2013 series.

This symposium is approved for 6 credits/hours from APA's Certification Maintenance program.

 

  • Jerry Anthony

    Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

  • Ron Corbett

    Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Richard Cruse

    Professor, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

  • Susan Cutter

    Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography, Director of the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center

  • Bill Ehm

    Environmental Protection Division Administrator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

  • Kamyar Enshayan

    Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa

  • William J. Gutowski, Jr.

    Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University

  • Rob Hogg

    Iowa State Senator

  • Bill Northey

    Secretary, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

  • Joe O’Hern

    Executive Administrator for Development Services, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Jeff Pomeranz

    City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Ralph Rosenberg

    Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council

  • Jim Schwab

    Senior Research Associate, American Planning Association

  • Richard Sloan

    President, Lime Creek Watershed Improvement Association, Member, Cedar River Watershed Coalition, Assistant Commissioner, Buchanan County Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Julie Tallman

    Developmental Regulation Specialist, City of Iowa City, Iowa, Chairperson, Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association

  • Larry Weber

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics, College of Engineering, University of Iowa, Director, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa

  • Larry Weber

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics, College of Engineering, University of Iowa, Director, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa

  • Roger Wolf

    Director of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library | Directions

1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Website | Ph: (319) 362-8500
 

Parking

Parking is available in the following areas:

  • *Garage (underneath National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library building)
  • *Lot A (between 15th and 16th Avenue off of Inspiration Place SW)
  • *Lot B (at 17th Avenue and A Street)
  • *Outdoor parking (outside garage)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or leslie-gannon@uiowa.edu.