Living With Floods: From Science to Policy

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 7:30 PM to Thursday, March 12th, 2009 3:15 PM

This symposium brought together national experts from a wide range of disciplines who addressed a variety of topics related to flooding. Speakers included: academics from engineering, geography, urban and regional planning, sociology, and public health; people impacted by the recent Iowa flooding including business owners and flood victims; federal legislative representatives, insurance representatives, community planners, interest and trade groups, and the Army Corps of Engineers, among others. Areas that were addressed included the science of floods and hydraulics, flood mitigation, flood risk insurance, environmental and economic issues, and social and psychological impacts.

  

  

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Session Details Speakers
8:30 AM Panel 1: Eastern Iowa and the Flood of 2008
  1. Brigadier General Michael Walsh
  2. Michael Goldberg
  3. Donald Guckert
  4. Willy Wever
  1. Keri Hornbuckle (Moderator)
8:30 AM Panel 1: Eastern Iowa and the Flood of 2008
  1. Brigadier General Michael Walsh
  2. Michael Goldberg
  3. Donald Guckert
  4. Willy Wever
  1. Keri Hornbuckle (Moderator)
10:45 AM Panel 2: The Science of Floods/Hydraulics
  1. Ricardo Mantilla
  2. James Smith
  3. Wendy Pearson
  1. Witold Krajewski (Moderator)
12:15 PM Lunch and Keynote Speakers Panel: Federal Responses to Flooding
  1. Mary Day
  2. Beth Freeman
  3. Rob Sueppel
  4. Dave Leshtz
  5. Karen Erikson
1:30 PM Panel 3: Flood Impacts
  1. Susan Cutter
  2. Catherine Kling
  3. Jerald Schnoor
  4. Keri Hornbuckle
  5. Peter Thorne
  6. Kevin Leicht
  7. Eve Gruntfest
  1. Craig Just (Moderator)
  2. George Malanson (Moderator)
4:45 PM Closing Remarks
  1. Major General Ron Dardis
5:00 PM Social hour reception with cash bar
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Session Details Speakers
8:00 AM Morning Comments
  1. Greg Carmichael
  2. Patricia Higby
8:30 AM Panel 4: Flood Mitigation
  1. Jason Hellendrung
  2. James Schwab
  3. Larry Weber
  1. Larry Weber (Moderator)
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Panel 5: Flood Risk Management and Insurance
  1. Shane Hubbard
  2. Alexandros Ntelekos
  3. Sam Riley Medlock
  1. Chuck Connerly (Moderator)
12:15 PM Lunch, Iowa Memorial Union Panel 6: Flooding and the Community--the Experience of Two Flood-Affected Banks
  1. Marty Maiers
  2. Dan Black
1:30 PM Panel 7: Government Responsibility/ The Future of Flood Mitigation
  1. Gerrit Knaap
  2. Rodney Lehnertz
  3. James Throgmorton
  1. James Throgmorton (Moderator)
  • Dan Black

    MidwestOne

  • Greg Carmichael

    Director, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, University of Iowa EPSCoR proposal

  • 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. 

  • Major General Ron Dardis

    Director Rebuild Iowa Office

    Major General Ron Dardis is the adjutant general for the Iowa National Guard, Johnston, Iowa and the Executive Director of the Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO). He provides command and control for 104 Army and Air National Guard Units and more than 9,600 Army and Air National Guard members in the state of Iowa. He also oversees the recovery efforts for the 2008 summer disasters in Iowa. General Dardis received a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Morningside College. He began his military career by enlisting in the Iowa Air National Guard in March. He received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1967 and went on to complete undergraduate pilot training. He is a command pilot with approximately 4,000 flying hours in the F-100, A-7 and F-16. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

  • Mary Day

    Senator Grassley's office

  • Karen Erikson

    Congressman Bruce Braley's office

  • Beth Freeman

    Senator Tom Harkin's office

  • Michael Goldberg

    Administrative Services Director Linn County Disaster Recovery Coordinator

    Michael E. Goldberg is currently Emergency Management Coordinator for the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Goldberg holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Iowa. From 1975-1989 he served as a member of the Iowa City Police Department and then was Chief of Police for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1994, Mr. Goldberg was hired as Administrative Services Director/Assistant to the Board of Supervisors for Linn County. During the Flood of 2008, he served as public information officer for Linn County. Two days after the crest at 19 feet above flood stage, he assumed his role as disaster recovery coordinator and directed the management team that re-established most county services within ten days post-flood including the Sheriff’s Office, Courthouse and Administration Buildings. Following the flood, he assumed new responsibilities as Director of Strategic and Legislative Services until joining Emergency Management in February 2009.

  • Michael Goldberg

    Administrative Services Director Linn County Disaster Recovery Coordinator

    Michael E. Goldberg is currently Emergency Management Coordinator for the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Goldberg holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Iowa. From 1975-1989 he served as a member of the Iowa City Police Department and then was Chief of Police for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1994, Mr. Goldberg was hired as Administrative Services Director/Assistant to the Board of Supervisors for Linn County. During the Flood of 2008, he served as public information officer for Linn County. Two days after the crest at 19 feet above flood stage, he assumed his role as disaster recovery coordinator and directed the management team that re-established most county services within ten days post-flood including the Sheriff’s Office, Courthouse and Administration Buildings. Following the flood, he assumed new responsibilities as Director of Strategic and Legislative Services until joining Emergency Management in February 2009.

  • Eve Gruntfest

    Director Social Science Woven Into Meteorology (SSWIM) University of Oklahoma

    Dr. Gruntfest is Director of the Social Science Woven Into Meteorology program (SSWIM) at the University of Oklahoma. She is also professor emeritus in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she spent 27 years as professor in the department. Her research in the field of natural hazard mitigation has focused on flash floods and warning systems. Since 2005 her work has focused on changing the culture of physical science to be more inclusive of stakeholder needs and interdisciplinary. She is building capacity, especially among early career scientists and practitioners, to integrate social science into meteorology and hydrology.

  • Donald Guckert

    Associate Vice President and Director of Facilities Management University of Iowa

    Don Guckert serves as the associate vice president for facilities for the University of Iowa. He has twenty years of experience in higher education facilities management and an additional ten years of construction industry experience. Don is an APPA Fellow, serves as dean of Planning, Design & Construction for APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management and sits on the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Editorial Advisory Board for the Construction Specifier. He has authored several articles for the Facilities Manager and Construction Specifier, and is the editor of two publications: From Concept to Commissioning: Planning, Design & Construction of Campus Facilities and Stewardship & Accountability in Campus Planning, Design & Construction. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in engineering management and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and liberal arts & sciences.

  • Donald Guckert

    Associate Vice President and Director of Facilities Management University of Iowa

    Don Guckert serves as the associate vice president for facilities for the University of Iowa. He has twenty years of experience in higher education facilities management and an additional ten years of construction industry experience. Don is an APPA Fellow, serves as dean of Planning, Design & Construction for APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management and sits on the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Editorial Advisory Board for the Construction Specifier. He has authored several articles for the Facilities Manager and Construction Specifier, and is the editor of two publications: From Concept to Commissioning: Planning, Design & Construction of Campus Facilities and Stewardship & Accountability in Campus Planning, Design & Construction. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in engineering management and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and liberal arts & sciences.

  • Jason Hellendrung

    Principal Sasaski Associates

    Jason Hellendrung joined Sasaki in 2001 and has participated in landscape architecture and urban design work on a wide range of projects. He has extensive experience as a project manager and senior designer on a variety of public infrastructure project types, including transit, waterfronts, public streetscapes, parks and plazas. His project responsibilities include master planning and design through all aspects of built projects, from schematic design through construction administration. Much of Mr. Hellendrung’s recent work is in the public realm, shaping cities through public infrastructure improvements, and in particular, public access in urban areas, the redevelopment of waterfronts, and integration of transportation into the city. His current work includes leading the Cedar Rapids River Corridor Redevelopment Plan and recovery following the city’s historic flood in June 2008.

  • Patricia Higby

    Energy Education Outreach Coordinator University of Northern Iowa

    Pat Higby is the Energy Education Outreach Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education. For the past eight years she has been developing energy education materials for the general public and K‐12 educators and students. These materials are available for both formal and non‐formal educators as part of the FREE Loan Program (Fabulous Resources for Energy Education). Mrs. Higby shares her experience by participating as a member of the Iowa Power Fund Board and its Due Diligence Committee, the Advisory Board for the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate, and the boards of the Iowa U.S. Green Building Council and Iowa Renewable Energy Association.

  • Keri Hornbuckle

    Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Iowa

    Dr. Keri Hornbuckle is the Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering as well as Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She earned BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering & Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hornbuckle and her research group are interested in the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. She is particularly interested in persistent organic pollutants including PCBs and other legacy industrial pollutants, fragrances in household products, and pollutants related to large-scale agriculture. Her research is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Hornbuckle served as the President of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and was a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission.

  • Shane Hubbard

    Department of Geography University of Iowa

    Shane Hubbard is a student at the University of Iowa pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography. Previously, Mr. Hubbard was a GIS Analyst and instructor at The Polis Center at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. While at the Polis Center he was involved in projects principally relating to pre-disaster mitigation and emergency management. He has a B.S. in Geography from Indiana University, and received his M.S. in atmospheric science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Hubbard worked in the response and recovery division at Wisconsin Emergency Management for 3 years, and has served as a hazard mitigation planner and reviewed hazard mitigation plans submitted by local governments. Currently, he is involved with FEMA’s HAZUS-MH program, including ongoing participation as a FEMA instructor for introductory through advanced courses. During the Midwest flooding in the spring of 2008, he used HAZUS-MH before, during, and after the event to assess the economic impacts of the flood.

  • Catherine Kling

    Professor of Economics and Head Resource and Environmental Policy Division Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Iowa State University

    Dr. Kling is a Professor of Economics at Iowa State University and Head of the Resource and Environmental Policy Division of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, where she directs interdisciplinary research on policy design and incentives for the provision of ecosystem services from agriculture (including carbon sequestration and water quality). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland and taught at the University of California, Davis. She has published on a range of environmental economics topics including the valuation of environmental services, the design of carbon markets for agriculture, nutrient trading, and incentives for the adoption of conservation practices. Dr. Kling is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and The Nature Conservancy, among others.

  • Gerrit Knaap

    Executive Director National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education

    Gerrit-Jan Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. He holds a B.S. from Willamette University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, all in economics. Knaap’s research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and the impacts of environmental policy. He has published over 50 articles in journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Economics, and Land Economics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Knaap is the co-author or co-editor of six books. He serves on the State of Maryland’s Smart Growth Subcabinet and on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

  • Rodney Lehnertz

    Director Design and Construction University of Iowa

    Rod Lehnertz is Director of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Iowa. His responsibilities include campus master planning, capital project management, campus space management, and leadership of the Campus Planning Committee. He started at the University of Iowa in 1994 as an Architect and Project Manager. His projects have included the new Art & Art History Building, Adler Journalism Building, the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center, renovation of the President’s residence, and the Kinnick Stadium renovation, among others. Mr. Lehnertz received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Kansas, and his Executive MBA from the University of Iowa. He is co-author of The University of Iowa – Guide to Campus Architecture, published in 2006.

  • Kevin Leicht

    Professor of Sociology Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies Director of the Social Science Research Center University of Iowa

    Dr. Leicht’s interests include the sociology of work, organizations and organization theory, social stratification, and political sociology. He received a B.S from Creighton University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, all in Sociology. Dr. Leicht is the co-author of four books, including most recently, Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Social Forces and the American Journal of Sociology. His current research looks at the development of economic development programs by the U.S. states, and the causes and consequences of corporate restructuring. He teaches courses in the sociology of work, organizational theory, economy and society, political sociology and social stratification. Dr. Leicht is the current editor of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, prior editor of The Sociological Quarterly, and has served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Work and Occupations.

  • Dave Leshtz

    Congressman Loebsack's office

  • Marty Maiers

    Hills Bank

  • Ricardo Mantilla

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, IIHR- Hydroscience and Engineering

  • Sam Riley Medlock

    Policy Counsel Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Sam Riley Medlock is Policy Counsel & Program Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, a national professional association working to mitigate current and future losses, costs, and human suffering caused by flooding. She has more than eighteen years of experience in hazard mitigation and environmental policy working with lawmakers, stakeholders, regulators, and utilities. Sam serves on the National Committee on Levee Safety, which recently completed the report to Congress with recommendations for a national levee safety program. She participates in various initiatives to promote safer development standards and mitigate flood risk, including co-authoring Mitigating Misery: Land Use and Protection of Property Rights Before the Next Big Flood, published by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Sam is a Juris Doctor graduate of Vermont Law School, has a BS in Government summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University, and has been a Certified Floodplain Manager since 2001.

  • Alexandros Ntelekos

    Senior Risk Analyst Willis Analytics London, UK

    Dr. Ntelekos is a Senior Risk Analyst in Willis, a global reinsurance broker. At Willis he serves as the research coordinator of the flood stream of the Willis Research Network (www.willisresearchnetwork.com) and he is an expert in catastrophe-models with a particular focus in floods and windstorms. Dr. Ntelekos holds an MSc in remote sensing hydrology from the University of Iowa and a PhD in the hydrometeorology of extreme events and urban flooding from Princeton University. His areas of expertise are Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), flood forecasting, hydrologic modeling, remote sensing, and extreme hydrometeorological events.

  • Wendy Pearson

    Regional Service Support Hydrologist NOAA NWS Central Region Headquarters Kansas City MO

    Wendy Pearson has been with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for 17 years and has worked in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Missouri. Since 1999, she has been the Central Region Service Support Hydrologist, supporting the NOAA NWS Hydrology Program across 14 mid-western states. She is leading Flood Inundation Mapping and Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) Web Page projects and incorporating societal impacts into climate, weather and water forecasting. Wendy has an MBA with a certificate in Project Management and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Iowa State University in 1993.

  • Jerald Schnoor

    Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Co-Director Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research

    Professor Jerry Schnoor is the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and the Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. Jerry is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1999) for his research using mathematical models in science policy decisions. He chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ORD Board of Scientific Counselors, 2000-2004, and is a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences (NAEHS) Council. Schnoor is considered one of the founding fathers of phytoremediation, using plants to help clean the environment. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the leading international environmental journal, Environmental Science and Technology. His other research interests include water quality modeling, environmental observatories, sustainability and global change.

     

  • James Schwab

    Manager APA Hazards Planning Research Center 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 StateUniversity (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.

  • James Smith

    Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Director, Program in Geological Engineering Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Princeton University

    Dr. Smith’s work focuses on the hydrology, hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods. He holds a BSE in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, an MSE in Mathematical Sciences and a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins. Smith’s research group has been involved in numerous hydrometeorological field campaigns, most recently in connection with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a component of the NSF LTER program. Field studies in the BES have also examined the heterogeneity of hydrologic response in urbanizing watersheds, the stability of the channel-floodplain system in urban drainage networks and the hydraulics of extreme floods in urban rivers. In addition to field campaigns focused on intensively monitoring research watersheds, Smith and his colleagues have been extensively involved in field studies of major floods in the United States. His research has appeared in journals such as Advances in Water Resources and the Journal of Hydrometeorology.

  • Rob Sueppel

    Congressman Loebsack's office

  • Peter Thorne

    Professor and Director Environmental Health Sciences Research Center University of Iowa

    Peter S. Thorne is Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Health in the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Environmental Engineering. He received his MSc in biomedical engineering and PhD in toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his post-doctoral training in immunotoxicology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Director of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, Director of the University of Iowa, Pulmonary Toxicology Facility and leads research on environmental risk factors for asthma, inflammatory lung diseases, endotoxin- and glucan-induced immunomodulation, nanotoxicology and novel methodology for exposure assessment. His research appears in over 180 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Thorne is co-director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology. He has served on many editorial and review boards for scientific journals and government agencies, and on the NIH National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

  • James Throgmorton

    Professor Department of Urban and Regional Planning University of Iowa

    Jim Throgmorton is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa. His work focuses on the roles of rhetoric, narrative, and conflict resolution in planning, especially with regard to making city-regions more just and ecologically sustainable. He received a B.A. in history from Notre Dame, a M.S. in community development from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from UCLA. He has worked in the public and private sectors as an environmental planner, consultant, and researcher, and has organized and moderated several symposia. The author of Planning as Persuasive Storytelling, he also co-edited Story and Sustainability and has published many articles in a range of scholarly journals. In the mid-1990s, he served as an elected member of the City Council in Iowa City. Since June 2008 has been writing a bi-weekly column for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

  • Brigadier General Michael Walsh

    Army Corps of Engineers

    Brigadier General Michael J. Walsh is Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss. MVD boundaries extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, include portions of 12 states, and encompass 370,000 square miles. As Commander, Walsh is responsible for a $7.5 billion civil works program. The programs and activities overseen by the MVD are conducted by six district offices located in St. Paul, Minn., Rock Island, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., and New Orleans, La. Walsh holds a B.A. in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and an MA in construction management from the University of Florida. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Walsh’s awards include two Bronze Stars, four Legions of Merit, and numerous lesser awards.

  • Brigadier General Michael Walsh

    Army Corps of Engineers

    Brigadier General Michael J. Walsh is Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss. MVD boundaries extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, include portions of 12 states, and encompass 370,000 square miles. As Commander, Walsh is responsible for a $7.5 billion civil works program. The programs and activities overseen by the MVD are conducted by six district offices located in St. Paul, Minn., Rock Island, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., and New Orleans, La. Walsh holds a B.A. in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York and an MA in construction management from the University of Florida. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Walsh’s awards include two Bronze Stars, four Legions of Merit, and numerous lesser awards.

  • 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.

  • Willy Wever

    Dentist and affected community member Columbus Junction, Iowa

    Dr. William Wever is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Care Department at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He also has a private practice in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Dr. Wever holds a B.A. in Physics and a DDS from the University of Iowa. For the past three years, he has served as the President of the Southeast Iowa District Dental Society. From 2003-2005 he was a member of the Columbus Junction City Council. Dr. Wever is an active member of the American Dental Association the Iowa Dental Association and of SEIDDS.

  • Willy Wever

    Dentist and affected community member Columbus Junction, Iowa

    Dr. William Wever is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Care Department at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He also has a private practice in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Dr. Wever holds a B.A. in Physics and a DDS from the University of Iowa. For the past three years, he has served as the President of the Southeast Iowa District Dental Society. From 2003-2005 he was a member of the Columbus Junction City Council. Dr. Wever is an active member of the American Dental Association the Iowa Dental Association and of SEIDDS.

 

 

  

 

   

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