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Old Capitol is at the heart of the University of Iowa campus.

Old Capitol is at the heart of the University of Iowa campus.

In 2009, the University of Iowa announced it would create 10 new faculty positions to advance research, education, and outreach on water sustainability. These faculty members span the disciplines, from engineering and economics to law and communication.

The Water Sustainability Initiative (WSI) is designed to address one complex issue that affects every man, woman, and child on the planet: access to clean water.

The WSI builds on the university’s established strength in this area, including IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering and the Iowa Flood Center. And compared to many drought-stricken areas of the country, Iowa is blessed with an adequate (and sometimes excessive) supply of water. Iowans put their water to work in many ways: for transportation, for irrigation, for drinking water, for recreation, and recently, for ethanol production. But even a water-rich state like Iowa can stretch resources too thin.

Iowa is also ripe for change. The severe floods and droughts of the last 20 years have created a population eager to learn how to better manage water resources.

We invite you to meet the members of the Water Sustainability Initiative — please explore the menu items at left.


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Last modified on July 14th, 2015
Posted on August 5th, 2013