June 2013 marked 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 was an excellent opportunity to discuss what has changed as a result of the floods and ongoing policy challenges.

The goals of the symposium were 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.

The Symposium was held at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 31st, 2013 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Schedule

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2013
Friday, May 31st
8:30 AM

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

Peter Damiano, University of Iowa
Larry Weber, University of Iowa
Ron Corbett

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM

Overview of Cedar Rapids Recovery

Jeff Pomeranz

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Iowa's Changing Climate and Water Run-Off

William J. Gutowski Jr., Iowa State University
Richard Cruse, Iowa State University
Joe Bolkcom

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

10:10 AM

Post-Flood Watershed Challenges and Opportunities

Bill Ehm
Larry Weber, University of Iowa
Julie Tallman
Eric Tate, University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM

Innovative Responses at the Local Level

Richard Sloan
Joe O’Hern
Kamyar Enshayan, University of Northern Iowa
Sally Scott, University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

11:10 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Disaster Resilience: A Local to National Imperative

Susan Cutter
Witold Krajewski, University of Iowa
Larry Weber, University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Water Management Policy Moving Forward

Rob Hogg
Bill Northey
Ralph Rosenberg
Jim Schwab
Roger Wolf
Larry Weber, University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM

Wrap Up and Suggested Next Steps

Jerry Anthony, University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM