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CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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(319) 335-9647
e-mail: debra-venzke@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 26, 2001

UI to host program on Iowa's water quality Dec. 5 in Spencer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Improving Water Quality in Iowa." The program, which is free of charge, will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Iowa Lakes Community College, Gateway North Center, Room 108A, 1900 N. Grand Ave., in Spencer. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. program.

David Osterberg, associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health, will talk about the current quality of Iowa's surface and ground water. He also will discuss how agricultural practices, federal farm programs, and state and federal regulations have influenced the state's water resources, and illustrate the importance of water quality for recreation and economic development. He also will look at the conservation aspects of the new farm bill and explain how citizens can become involved in water monitoring and policy creation at the local level.

Osterberg spent 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly (1983-1994), where he served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, and chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. He recently established a nonprofit organization, the Iowa Policy Project, to support research on a broad set of issues of importance to Iowans.

Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to register by calling the UI Alumni Association at 1-800-IOWALUM (469-2586).

This program has been planned in cooperation with Clay County Public Health and Spencer Hospital Community Health Services. It is the third event in the statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series, which is funded in part by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.