Chris Jones to headline 2021 Raccoon Watershed conference

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The Raccoon River Watershed Association (RRWA) will hold its 12th annual conference Saturday, March 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.

This year’s Conference is titled “Something in the Water? The Environmental Quality of Iowa’s Waters” and will be a virtual look at environmental and agricultural diversity and aspects of water quality through the eyes of some of the watershed’s water-quality heroes.

The keynote speaker at the 12th annual RRWA conference will be Dr. Chris Jones, currently a research engineer at University of Iowa. Jones is well known in the RRWA from his work in central Iowa for the Des Moines Water Works and Iowa Soybean Association, and his trenchant blog posts are must reading for water-quality advocates.

A round-table discussion, featuring Dr. Paul Weihe of Central College, Dr. Peter Levi of Drake University and Dr. Adam Dixon of the University of Maryland, will explore their RRWA grant-funded projects.

Dr. Silvia Secchi of the University of Iowa will wrap up with a brief history of Iowa agriculture and conservation policies and practices.

To register for the conference, click here, and a secure ZOOM link will be emailed to you.

A list of the scheduled speakers and their bios is available here.

The conference is free and open the public. Free-will donations help to support research. You may donate or renew your membership on the Raccoon River Watershed Association website.

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