CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Sept. 12, 2002
UI to host program on water quality Sept. 25 in Waterloo
The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association
are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public, What's
in the Water? The program, which is free of charge, will be held Wednesday,
Sept. 25 in Room 107A of Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E. Orange
Rd. in Waterloo. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m.,
followed by the program from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The program, presented in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, will
feature two speakers. Michael Turco, a hydrologist with the Iowa District
of the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, will lead a "virtual
underground tour" of the Cedar Falls water supply. He will discuss how
computer-simulated models of ground water flow are created and how such simulations
can be used to estimate future water quality, flow paths and geological features.
Turco also will describe how planners can use this information to manage and
protect ground water supplies.
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 and discuss how public policy can enhance
opportunities to learn more about and protect Iowa's water resources. He also
will explain how citizens and nonprofit organizations 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
the Iowa Policy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting
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 in advance by contacting Jane Kirsch at (800) 469-2586 or email@example.com.
This program has been planned in cooperation with Allen Hospital, Covenant
Health System, Hawkeye Community College, the Iowa Department of Public Health,
the Iowa Environmental Council, and Sartori Memorial Hospital. The statewide
College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by
a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.