ISU Conference to Address Iowa Research and Outreach for the Problem of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

October 7th, 2008


AMES, Iowa - A conference on the issue of Gulf hypoxia and the latest
research on water quality conservation and monitoring in Iowa is set for
October 16 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center at Iowa State
University in Ames.

"Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico: Implications and Strategies for Iowa" is
sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and features
researchers from several departments and centers at Iowa State University
and the University of Iowa, as well as local and regional environmental
advisors, and experts from both the public and private sectors.

The organizers hope to present the latest research findings on the problem
of hypoxia in the Gulf while providing a venue for a broad array of
scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to form new teams and
communication channels to work most effectively on the issue in Iowa.

Keynote speakers and panelists include Darrell Brown, chief of U.S. EPA's
Coastal Management Branch; Jerry Schnoor, co-director of the Center for
Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa; Joan
Iverson Nassauer, professor of landscape architecture at the University of
Michigan; Dean Lemke, chief of the Water Resources Bureau of the Iowa
Department of Agriculture; Richard Leopold, director of the Iowa Department
of Natural Resources; and Craig Cox, Midwest vice president of the
Environmental Working Group.

Media representatives who would like to attend the conference should contact
Sandy Clarke at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development: (515)
294-6257, or e-mail



Jerry DeWitt, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, (515) 294-3711

Catherine Kling, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, (515)

Sandy Clarke, CARD Communications, (515) 294-6257,