Webinar: Understanding Water Quality Issues for Rural Iowans | Building a Culture of Conservation

Webinar: Understanding Water Quality Issues for Rural Iowans

March 28, 2022

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place April 6 at noon CDT will feature Gabriel E. Lade, assistant professor of economics, Macalester College. Lade studies public policy issues in the agricultural and energy sectors. His recent work has included studying water quality issues such as the market impact of the Flint, Michigan water crisis as well as groundwater quality in Iowa.

In the webinar, “The Iowa State Rural Drinking Water Survey: Results and Insights,” Lade will discuss the results from two rounds of the Iowa State Rural Drinking Water Survey conducted in 2021. Focusing on the behavior, perceptions and uses of water reported by users of private wells in Iowa, Lade will discuss how the survey of 8,200 households can help inform public education and outreach. He will also highlight preliminary results from a behavioral intervention effort to overcome well-testing reluctance.

“Some 230,000 Iowans rely on private wells for drinking water, yet few of these households test their water for contaminants that could be detrimental to health of all occupants,” said Lade. “This study helped to identify testing avoidance behaviors that can be overcome through additional education and policy initiatives focused on understanding risks of exposure to contaminants in their water. We hope the study results will help to influence state and local officials to work together with these households to increase regular water testing and treatment.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.


Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT April 6:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172

Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172


Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 364 284 172


The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.