Beyond Nitrate: Current and Emerging Challenges for Iowa Drinking Water Resources

Iowa Events Center, HyVee Hall
Friday, June 17th, 2016 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM


  • Mary Skopec

    Mary Skopec

    Program Coordinator, Research Geologist, IOWATER

    Dr. Skopec serves as a senior scientist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources where she coordinates the beach monitoring, stream monitoring and citizen monitoring (or IOWATER) programs.  Mary is also a member of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council and the National Advisory Committee on Water.  Mary earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from The University of Iowa, and in 1999, she completed her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in environmental science at The University of Iowa.  


  • Dana Kolpin

    Dana Kolpin

    US Geological Survey

    Dana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, IA. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa (both in geology). His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other contaminants of emerging concern in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program’s Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998.

  • Bob Libra

    Bob Libra

    State Geological and Water Survey

    Bob Libra has worked for the Iowa Geological Survey and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources since 1982, as a research hydrogeologist, supervisor of the geology and groundwater program, and since 2003 as State Geologist of Iowa. Bob’s research and natural resource management interests have particularly focused on factors impacting the quality of Iowa’s groundwater, and technical and policy approaches to managing groundwater supplies for long-term sustainability.  He has degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin – Superior and Indiana University

  • Wayne Petersen

    Wayne Petersen

    Iowa Department of Agriculture

    Wayne has been in the field of soil and water conservation for 40 years. He spent 32 years with NRCS and the last eight years with the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality, in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He worked with agricultural landscape for the first half of his career. He has worked with urban and urbanizing landscapes during the last half of his career. He coordinates the urban conservation program for IDALS, where he promotes Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure utilization to manage storm water in ways that protect water quality.. In his free time he enjoys fishing and manages a 40 acre property for the Bur Oak Land Trust in Johnson County, where prairie re-construction is the primary landuse.

  • Dale Barrie

    Dale Barrie

    Iowa Rural Water Association

    Dale has worked in the water and wastewater industry since 1975 beginning his career with his hometown of Gilbert.  In 2004 he retired as the general manager of the Winterset Municipal Electric & Water Utilities and began work as the Western Iowa Circuit Rider with the Iowa Rural Water Association providing onsite technical assistance to water systems in the state. Dale is currently the Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the association.