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An Endangered River Runs Through Us: Three Iowa River Journeys

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Friday, October 19, is the first of three events focused on the Iowa River, declared endangered by the organization American Rivers.  Each event is a guided bus tour of the river with site visits along the way, followed by a reading/lecture. 

iowariver-19181.jpgOn the 19th, the bus leaves the south side of the UI Main Library at 3pm headed towards the Clear Creek Project of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at South Amana.  With the help of docent Wayne Petersen of the US Conservation Service, those on the tour will follow the course of the river upstream to the Greenbelt and then to the operable hydropower dam at Iowa Falls (est. 1925).  A box supper will be served along the way.

Ted Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, reads at 7pm in the Iowa Falls Public Library.  Steinberg is author of Nature Incorporated:  Industrialization and the Waters of New England, Acts of God:  The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster, and Down to Earth:  Nature’s Role in American History.  You can learn more about him at

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for the bus tour and box supper. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, October 19th. We welcome everyone at these events.  People with disabilities needing special accommodation should contact Barbara Eckstein; 319 335-0449.

This event is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, the Departments of English and History, and the Program in American Studies.