The UI Explorers Seminar Series, sponsored by the UI Museum of Natural History, will present a lecture, “Natural Flows: A History of Water in Iowa,” by Cornelia Mutel at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub on the third floor of the museum.
Two hundred years ago, Iowa’s prairie-dominated landscape regulated and cleansed an abundance of flowing water—which, along with the state’s rich prairie-bred topsoil, was a major natural amenity. Today, water and eroding topsoils have spawned a diversity of environmental problems, and climate change is only making matters worse. What has happened, and what can we do about it? Mutel will offer a broad view of this problem and suggest some solutions.
Mutel is an archivist and historian of science and engineering at IIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering, home of the Iowa Flood Center. She has written about Iowa’s natural history and environmental change issues for many years, and is active in efforts to preserve Iowa’s remaining natural areas.
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