Panel Discussion: Flooding in Ames

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Channel:Lecture Series
Categories:Lectures Live Green
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"Flooding in Ames: The Problems and Prospects." A panel of ISU faculty will discuss factors contributing to flooding in Ames as well as ways to reduce the impact of such events. Panelists include Bill Gutowski, Kristie Franz, Bill Simpkins and Stephen Jones. Their comments will be followed by questions from selected faculty and university and community representatives. The panel will then take take questions from the audience.


William Gutowski, Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, conducts research on the hydrologic cycle and regional climate. His work includes regional climate models of North America, Africa, the Arctic and East Asia, with an emphasis on extreme precipitation processes in models and observations.

Kristie Franz, Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, has research and teaching interests in snow and rainfall-runoff modeling, climate and land use impacts on the hydrologic cycle, and streamflow and water supply forecasting.

Bill Simpkins, Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, is a hydrogeologist whose research interests include the groundwater in glacial deposits, agricultural groundwater quality, groundwater/lake interaction, and application of groundwater models to assess aquifer sustainability. He is currently researching the sustainability of water quantity and quality in the Ames aquifer.

Stephen Jones, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, conducts research in pervious pavement systems, urban storm water management, and water quality.

Participating University and Community Representatives and Resource People

Dan Culhane has served as president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the Ames Economic Development Commission since 2006. He has led economic development groups in three different Iowa communities.

Matt Helmers is an associate professor and extension agricultural engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, with a focus on agricultural water resources and tile drainage systems.

Dennis Keeney is a former director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (1988-2000) and emeritus professor of agronomy and agriculture and biosystems engineering at Iowa State. He writes a monthly column on environmental issues for the Ames Tribune.

Bob Kindred is the Ames Assistant City Manager and chair of the 1993 Flood Task Force that commissioned the Skunk River/Squaw Creek Flood Plain Management Study. He has thirty years of experience with Ames floods, public infrastructure, and land use issues.

Erwin Klaas is professor emeritus of animal ecology at Iowa State and chair of the Story County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Warren Madden is Vice President for Business and Finance at Iowa State. His responsibilities include planning and management, environmental health and safety, and risk management for university buildings, including the Iowa State Center and Reiman Gardens. He serves on the university's leadership team during flood and severe weather conditions.

Max Porter is University Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. He researches structures; building codes; and environmental mitigation, including the inspection of hundreds of structures damaged by high water table, inadequate construction, and code violations.

Chris Rehmann is an associate professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering with interests in urban drainage, contaminant transport, and the engineering aspects of surface water and groundwater hydrology.