Also of interest - the state of Iowa (led by folks at the Iowa Flood Center) just received a $96,887,177 (!) grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to "to support the Iowa Watershed Approach, a holistic watershed-scale program designed to sustain its valuable agricultural economy while protecting vulnerable residents and communities. HUD funding will enable several watersheds to form Watershed Management Authorities, which will develop hydrological assessment and watershed plans, and implement pilot projects in the upper and lower watersheds, as well as invest in more resilient, healthy homes in Dubuque."
More news - Amy Burgin (Coe '02) and her husband Terry Loecke have moved to the University of Kansas where Amy is a professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology and Terry is a professor of enviormental studies as well as a scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey. See a picture of Amy and their twins in the current Coe Courier (page 29).
I'm on sabbatical this semester in the Iowa Geological Survey, which is now a part of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa. (Coincidentally, IIHR is also the home of the Iowa Flood Center - see above.) It's an exciting place to be.