CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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.