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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

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.