2022 Upper Mississippi River Conference Schedule


Changing Climate – Evolving River

Wednesday October 19

Conference Day 1 Starts at 7:00am

9:00am – 10:30am | Keynote | Ray Wolf, Science and Operations Officer, NOAA

10:45am – 12:15am | Speaker Panel 1|

|Track 1: What is the private sector doing?| Iowa Environmental Council; Mississippi River Initiatives, 1Mississippi; MRRRI Planning and Working, and Audubon for Upper Mississippi Refuge; Land Management Changes on the Mississippi River due to Climate Change

|Track 2: What is the public sector doing?| Army Corps of Engineers; Ecological Status and Trends on the Upper Mississippi River System (TBD), USDA – Forest Service; Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change, and the Nature Conservancy; TBD

1:00pm – 4:00pm |Field Trips|
| Option 1| National Pearl Button Museum Guided Tour
| Option 2| Visit to Rock Creek Marina, Eco Tourism Center, & Boat trip
| In House Option| MRCTI Workshop: Colin Wellenkamp

4:00pm – 6:30pm | Poster Session| Networking & Cash Bar

6:30pm – 8:00pm | Catfish Dinner| Art Cullen, Pulitzer Prize Journalist, author of: Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper

Thursday October 20

Conference Day 2 Starts at 7:00am

8:15 am – 9:45am |Plenary Session| John Delaney, Biologist, USGS – Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center

10:00am – 11:30am |Speaker Panel 2|

|Track 1: Cities take action| Graef; Oak Park Climate Planning, Iowa City; Climate Action Planning, Waterloo City; Carbon Free Planning (TBD)

|Track 2: Companies take action| MidAmerican; Sustainability Plan (TBD) and John Deere; Sustainability Initiatives

11:30am – 1:00pm |Luncheon| William Becker; Executive Director and Author, Presidential Climate Action Project, Author of: The Creeks Will Rise: People Coexisting with Floods

1:00pm – 2:30pm |Speaker Panel 3|

|Track 1: Solving Climate Problems through Research| Professor Panel; Iowa State University (Dr. Bill Gutowski), Western Illinois University (Prof. Roger Viadero, Jr.), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Dr. Michael Aiuvalasit), and University of Iowa (TBD)

|Track 2: Youth are calling for action| Youth/Student Panel; TBD

2:45pm – 4:30pm | Closing Plenary Session | TBD

4:30pm | Adjourn|