Ingrid Gronstal served as Water Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council from 2018 - 2022. She has many years of experience in water policy, most served as the Compliance Specialist at the University of Iowa Utilities and Energy Management. She previously worked as a consultant with the the University of Iowa's Office of Sustainability and Iowa Learning Farms. Ingrid has a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of Iowa.
Water Program Director, Ingrid Gronstal, reflects on her panel appearance at the Okoboji Blue Water Fest and what clean water and outdoor recreation opportunities mean to the Iowa Great Lakes, its visitors, residents, and Iowans around the state.
IEC Water Program Director Ingrid Gronstal shares her story of the past year, and how she's taking pride this June.
Covid-19 may have stretched our definition of coalition-building, but it definitely didn't stop it. And now that we can get outdoors and mingle with other vaccinated Iowans, we're excited to be back into building mode once again.
Invasive species are not only harmful to Iowa's water and environment by upsetting the natural balance of an ecosystem, they are costly to remove. Iowa water recreation is being impacted, as is our infrastructure.
With their votes in 2010, Iowans made it clear that they support a sales tax increase for a permanent, protected funding source to improve water quality, enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, preserve our natural areas, and support Iowa communities. This year's proposal to fund the Trust is exciting, but we've identified several areas for improvement.
As a water quality professional, I know all too well the risks that harmful algae blooms carry for those of us just trying to cool off and enjoy ourselves at the lake. For our pets and our children, those risks can be particularly high.
The influence of agricultural practices on drinking water quality continues to be of paramount concern for Iowa's environmental and public health. Over the last few years, much has been made of the urban/rural divide and industrial/municipal versus agricultural contributions to nutrient loading in our waterways.
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