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.

 

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Session Details Speakers
8:30 AM Welcome Remarks
  1. Peter Damiano
  2. Larry Weber
  3. Ron Corbett
8:45 AM Overview of Cedar Rapids Recovery
  1. Jeff Pomeranz
9:15 AM Iowa's Changing Climate and Water Run-Off
  1. William J. Gutowski, Jr.
  2. Richard Cruse
  1. Joe Bolkcom (Moderator)
10:10 AM Post-Flood Watershed Challenges and Opportunities
  1. Bill Ehm
  2. Larry Weber
  3. Julie Tallman
  1. Eric Tate (Moderator)
11:10 AM Innovative Responses at the Local Level
  1. Richard Sloan
  2. Joe O’Hern
  3. Kamyar Enshayan
  1. Sally Scott (Moderator)
12:30 PM Keynote Address: Disaster Resilience: A Local to National Imperative
  1. Susan Cutter
1:30 PM Water Management Policy Moving Forward
  1. Rob Hogg
  2. Bill Northey
  3. Ralph Rosenberg
  4. Jim Schwab
  5. Roger Wolf
  1. Larry Weber (Moderator)
3:15 PM Wrap Up and Suggested Next Steps
  1. Jerry Anthony
  • Jerry Anthony

    Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

    Jerry Anthony is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. He has a Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning, an M.A. in Town Planning, and a B.A. in Architecture. He teaches and researches housing policy, land use, smart growth and international planning issues. He was named a HUD Urban Scholar in 2001. His article, “The effect of Florida’s Growth Management Act on housing affordability,” was named one of most outstanding articles published in the Journal of the American Planning Association in 25 years. In 2001, he received the “Excellence in Planning Education” award from the Iowa chapter of the American Planning Association. In 2003 he helped found a non-profit agency, the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, to provide a new and flexible source of finance for affordable housing development in Johnson County, Iowa. From 2005 to 2008, he chaired Iowa City’s Housing & Community Development Commission.

  • Ron Corbett

    Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Ron Corbett is the mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He took office 18 months after the worst natural disaster in the city’s history, the June 2008 flood. Corbett has dedicated his public service to flood recovery and economic development to rebuild the city better than before. He also serves as a project manager at CRST, Inc. Throughout his career, Corbett has held key leadership positions. He served seven terms in the Iowa House, four years as Speaker of the Iowa House and six years as president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Richard Cruse

    Professor, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

    Richard M. Cruse is a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center. He received his BS degree from Iowa State University and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has served on the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for the EPA from 2007-2009. Dr. Cruse was appointed to the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council by the Iowa Governor’s office from 2008 – 2010 and coauthored a report to the governor and general assembly titled Climate Change Impacts on Iowa 2010. He is an adjunct professor of the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and of the Northeast Forest University, both in Harbin, China. Dr. Cruse has authored or coauthored 87 refereed scientific papers, 28 non refereed technical publications, and 11 book chapters.

  • Susan Cutter

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

    Dr. Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. She received her B.A. from California State University, Hayward and her M.A. and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago. Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed. She has authored or edited twelve books, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

     

    Dr. Cutter has also led post-event field studies of the role of geographic information technologies in rescue and relief operations in (September 11th World Trade Center attack) and studies of evacuation behavior from Three Mile Island (1979), Hurricane Floyd (1999), and the Graniteville, SC train derailment and chlorine spill (2005), and Hurricane Katrina (2006). She has provided expert testimony to Congress on hazards and vulnerability and was a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers IPET team evaluating the social impacts of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System in response to Hurricane Katrina.

     

    Dr. Cutter serves on many national advisory boards and committees, and on the international Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Science Committee. She serves as co-executive editor of Environment and is an associate editor of Weather, Climate, and Society. Dr. Cutter was a coordinating lead author of Chapter 5 of Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. She also chaired the committee that produced the recent National Research Council report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.  Dr. Cutter is an elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was past President of both the Association of American Geographers and the Consortium of Social Science Associations. In 2011 Dr. Cutter received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Geographers. 

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • Bill Ehm

    Environmental Protection Division Administrator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

    Born and raised in Creston, Iowa, Bill Ehm returned to the area after graduating from Iowa State University to farm and feed livestock for over 20 years. In 1989, Governor Branstad appointed Bill to the Environmental Protection Commission. After serving his term, he began working for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources full time in 2000, focusing on the intersection of water quality and agriculture. Over the years, Bill has experienced various roles: setting environmental policy for the state as a commissioner, being subject to environmental regulations as a farmer, and administering environmental policies and regulations as an IDNR employee.

  • Kamyar Enshayan

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

    Kamyar Enshayan directs the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He is a mechanical engineer and has worked in food & agriculture for the last 25 years. He is the 2008 recipient of the Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award by Practical Farmers of Iowa. Dr. Enshayan helped establish the Cedar River Watershed Coalition, and assisted the City of Cedar Falls to adopt a 500-year floodplain ordinance when he served on the city council 2003-2011. He teaches classes in environmental studies and serves on the board of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

  • William J. Gutowski, Jr.

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

    William J. Gutowski, Jr., is Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University. His research is focused on the role of atmospheric dynamics in climate, with emphasis on the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle and regional climate. Dr. Gutowski’s research program entails a variety of modeling and data analysis approaches to capture the necessary spatial and temporal scales ofthese dynamics and involves working through the Regional Climate Modeling Laboratory at Iowa State University. His work also includes regional modeling of Arctic, African, and East Asian climates and involves collaboration withscientists in these regions. From this work he has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Climate Change and U.S. Transportation, and Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences. He was a member of U.S. Climate Change Science Plan Panels.  Dr. Gutowski received a PhD in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984) and a bachelor of science degree in astronomy and physics from Yale University (1976).

  • Rob Hogg

    Iowa State Senator

    Rob Hogg is currently serving his first term as state senator from District 19 in Cedar Rapids after two terms as a state representative. Among his committee assignments, he is chair of the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee and the Senate Environment and Energy Independence Committee. Since 2007, he has served as an ex officio member of the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council. Senator Hogg is a graduate of the University of Iowa and received his MA in public affairs and his JD from the University of Minnesota. In addition to serving in the Iowa Senate, Senator Hogg is an attorney with the law firm of Elderkin & Pirnie, P.L.C., in Cedar Rapids.

  • Bill Northey

    Secretary, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

    Bill Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa who grows corn and soybeans.  Northey returned to Spirit Lake to farm with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981.  He is serving his second term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in November of 2010.



    As Secretary, Northey has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture.  These meetings allow him to listen to their needs and better lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as it seeks to serve the people of the state.  His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to all Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.  More information is available at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.

  • Joe O’Hern

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

    Joe O’Hern started with the City of Cedar Rapids in February 2011 as the Flood Recovery and Reinvestment Director contributing to the city-wide effort to recover from the Flood of 2008. As flood programs conclude and the City of Cedar Rapids looks to rebuild, Joe has recently moved into a new position as the Executive Administrator of Development Services. Joe has an extended history of significant leadership roles including Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority; Interim Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development; Fannie Mae Director of Iowa Partnership Office/Community Business Center; and Secretary’s Representative for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Jeff Pomeranz

    City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    On September 20, 2010, Jeff Pomeranz became the new city manager for the City of Cedar Rapids. During his 25-year career, Mr. Pomeranz has served as city manager for three other cities, including the City of West Des Moines, Iowa from 1998 to 2010, the City of Port Angeles, Washington from 1990 to 1998 and the City of Del Rio, Texas from 1985 to 1990. He has also served as an executive board member for the Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa City Management Association; chair of the State of Iowa’s I-JOBS Board; and Adjunct Professor for the Master of Public Administration program at Drake University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980 and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama in 1982. 

  • Ralph Rosenberg

    Executive Director, Iowa Environmental Council

    In 2012, Ralph Rosenberg was named the Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council. Previously he served for seven years as the director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and Executive Director of the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services. For thirteen years Ralph was a State Senator and also a Representative from Story County, Iowa. He helped lead policy development relating to energy and environment. Ralph helped write the Landmark Groundwater Protection Law and served on one of the first legislative committees on flooding in response to the 1993 floods. He helped create the Institute for Public Leadership, a statewide leadership institute for emerging leaders of state government. Earlier in his career, Ralph was Executive Director of the Youth Law Center in Des Moines, Assistant Story County Attorney for Juvenile Court, and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Story County. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and a JD from Drake University Law School.

  • Jim Schwab

    Senior Research Associate, American Planning Association

    Mr. Schwab joined the American Planning Association in November 1985. He served as the primary author and principal investigator for Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment (1998), produced under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More recently, he co-authored Planning for Wildfires (2005), and is a project editor for the newest PAS Report, Landslide Hazards and Planning. He served as the project manager for a FEMA-supported project in which APA hasdeveloped training for planners on the provisions of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Mr. Schwab co-authored Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing, a PAS Report being prepared with sponsorship from HUD and the Fannie Mae Foundation. He is also the author of two books: Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out (1988) and Deeper Shades of Green: The Rise of Blue-Collar and Minority Environmentalism in America (1994). He previously served as executive director of the Iowa Public Interest Research Group (1979-1981) and earned a B.A. in Political Science at Cleveland State University (1973). As a graduate student at the University of Iowa, Mr. Schwab earned one M.A. in Journalism and another in Urban and Regional Planning.

  • Richard Sloan

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

    Richard Sloan joined his Father’s farming operation in 1978, on land East of Brandon which his grandfather had purchased in 1938. As the Sloans migrated from corn, oats, alfalfa, cattle and hogs to corn, soybeans and hogs, they added minimum tillage, no-till, terraces, and contours to their conservation plan. In 2006, Richard grew more interested in addressing agricultural impacts on surface water quality through his work as President of Lime Creek Watershed Improvement Association. As 2008 soon would show, being willing to face and work with the scientific issues of farming methods’ impact on water quality would also mean being willing to face issues of farming methods’ impact on landscape hydrology. Richard graduated from ISU in Biology before returning to farm and has worked with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms, and the Cedar River Watershed Coalition to promote cover crops, soil health, and sustainable farming systems. He is a member of Iowa Corn Growers, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Pork Producers and many other community associations.

  • Julie Tallman

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

    Julie Tallman holds an MS from the University of Iowa’s Urban and Regional Planning program. She has been employed by The City of Iowa City since 1993, and has been administering Iowa City’s floodplain regulations since 1995. Julie is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)® and is currently serving as Chair of Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association (IFSMA), a Chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. IFSMA was formed after the 2008 floods with support of the Iowa Legislature, to advance the understanding of flood mapping, flood impacts and the importance of floodplain preservation in land-use planning. IFSMA is currently under contract with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to provide four training modules that will: 1) educate floodplain administrators on the updated Floodplain Management Desk Reference; 2) expand the number of communities capable of administering state floodplain regulations; 3) encourage greater state-wide participation in the Community Rating System, and; 4) provide a systematic flood response toolkit to walk communities through preparing for an imminent flood event, evacuating residents, assessing damage post-flood and utilizing available federal and state funding programs. 

  • 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 is an expert in flood-related research, watershed modeling and nutrient management.  In 2009, he was co-founder of the Iowa Flood Center, the nation’s first and only research center devoted solely to flood-related research and education.  In 2013, he worked with the Iowa Legislature and Iowa State University to found the Iowa Nutrient Research Center to advance science and understanding needed to implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.  Dr. Weber holds a B.S, M.S., and PhD. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Iowa. For the last eleven years, he has been the Director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, one of the nation's premier and oldest fluids-related research and engineering laboratories.  He is a member of Iowa’s Water Resources Coordinating Council and serves the state and nation on several private sector and agency advisory boards.

  • 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 is an expert in flood-related research, watershed modeling and nutrient management.  In 2009, he was co-founder of the Iowa Flood Center, the nation’s first and only research center devoted solely to flood-related research and education.  In 2013, he worked with the Iowa Legislature and Iowa State University to found the Iowa Nutrient Research Center to advance science and understanding needed to implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.  Dr. Weber holds a B.S, M.S., and PhD. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Iowa. For the last eleven years, he has been the Director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, one of the nation's premier and oldest fluids-related research and engineering laboratories.  He is a member of Iowa’s Water Resources Coordinating Council and serves the state and nation on several private sector and agency advisory boards.

  • Roger Wolf

    Director of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association

    Roger Wolf is the Director of Environmental Programs and Services for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Executive Director of Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA). Since 2000, Roger secured and oversaw investment of more than $20 million and currently maintains an operating budget of around $2 million annually. These programs support work and active engagement on thousands of farms across Iowa and the Upper Midwest farming region as well as coordinating with more than of 35 public and private collaborators annually. A notable feature of this work is the role of monitoring, data analytics and planning for impactful decision-making.  Roger is a member of the US Water Alliance Board of Directors.  He an active proponent of the One Water Management approach with the belief that leaders in agriculture and the water sector have significant opportunities to work together in new and innovative ways to reduce nutrient pollution as well as improve natural resource management in Iowa and within the Mississippi River Basin. Roger has more than 26 years of agricultural conservation resource management experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Iowa. Roger and his wife Anne have four adult children and live near Cumming, Iowa.

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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)

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