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IIHR Director Larry J. Weber.

IIHR Director Larry J. Weber.

The change of seasons is part of the reason we love Iowa, and it reminds us of the passage of time. I’m proud to tell you that IIHR’s role in Iowa has only grown over the last year.

Proof came in the form of a recent phone call from Mark Schouten, director of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He was touring the state with Governor Terry Branstad in the wake of Iowa’s September floods. Mark told me that as they visited the flooded cities and small towns of Eastern Iowa, they heard again and again what a profound difference the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa has made to Iowa’s flood preparedness and resiliency. To be that reliable to state leadership—that’s a good place to be!

More evidence of IIHR’s continuing success came in January 2016 when we heard the news that the state of Iowa had been awarded $96.9M to support the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a statewide watershed improvement program. The Iowa Flood Center took a leadership role in writing this grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and we continue to lead several key IWA activities. It’s a multidisciplinary team approach addressing the persistent flood issues that plague Iowa communities. The IWA will work to reduce flood risk, improve water quality, increase resilience, and engage stakeholders to improve the quality of life statewide. Stay tuned for more developments!

I am proud (and I hope you are, too) that IIHR is taking its rightful place in Iowa—our reputation as a trusted, reliable, go-to source for all things water is really blossoming around the state. IIHR’s success in projects such as the establishment of the Iowa Flood Center, the Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project, the Iowa Watersheds Project, and now the Iowa Watershed Approach is causing people to take notice. People recognize that this is a place of action, vision, delivery, and reliability.

Although 2020 is still several years away, I’d like to ask you to “save the date” for IIHR’s centennial celebration, especially if you have aspirations to visit Iowa City again sometime. We have some exciting events in the planning stages, and we hope that our alumni and friends around the world will celebrate with us.

Larry J. Weber

Director, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics

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Posted on January 19th, 2011

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