Private Lands and Public Priorities: EPA, Iowa Agriculture and the Quest for Land Health

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 at 7:00 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Channel:Lectures Program
Categories:Lectures, Live Green
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Karl Brooks is the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7. He supervises EPA operations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.

For the first time in generations, Iowans have the opportunity to tackle one of the nation's biggest water quality challenges: nonpoint source pollution. The elements are in place for a concerted effort to reduce the nutrients that degrade Iowa waters and contribute to problems that extend well beyond the state's borders. Dr. Brooks will discuss collaborative efforts of the EPA, Iowa farmers, state agencies, and Iowa State University to seize this opportunity to address water quality concerns related to agriculture.

Since earning his PhD from the University of Kansas and joining the faculty in 2000, Karl Brooks has taught American environmental, political, and legal history as well as environmental law and policy. He is the author of three books, including Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970. Brooks previously practiced trial and appellate law in his home state of Idaho and served three terms in the Idaho Senate.