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Fall Conferences - 2016


Attendee Information

September 20-21
October 18-19
Arrowwood Resort
1405 Hwy 71
Grand River Center
500 Bell Street


Full Registration Includes:  CEU Processing, all breaks and meals. Complete the registration form and mail to IRWA along with payment.   Please use one form for each person registering.

Hotels: Reservations can be made at the following hotels;

Okoboji – Arrowwood Resort 712-332-2161 – Reservation deadline is August 13th, 2016.
AmericInn of Lake Okoboji -712-332-9000
Okoboji Commons – 712-332-2222  

Dubuque – Grand Harbor Resort - 563-690-3270. Reservation deadline is September 17th, 2016. 

CEUs:  Up to 10 CEU hours will be offered for water distribution, water treatment or wastewater. CEU can be split.  CEU forms must be completed before you leave the training session.

Cancellation Policy: If written cancellation notice is received by September 1st for Okoboji and October 1st for Dubuque, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administration fee.  No refunds will be issued for either conference after these dates.


Additional Activities

NRWPAC Rifle Raffle – Conference Times

Help support the National Rural Water Political Action Committee by purchasing your raffle tickets for a chance to win a rifle!

Golf Tournament (Okoboji ONLY) – 4PM

2-Man best shot golf tournament to be held at Brooks Golf Club (Okoboji).  Must sign up by 10:00 AM Tuesday at the IRWA registration desk.

Shooting Range Poker (Okoboji ONLY) – 4PM
Seven rounds shot at a Poker Hand Target held at the APEX Indoor Shooting Range in Fostoria, IA (on Hwy 71).  $25.00 per person, includes Pistol (several options to choose from), 50 rounds of ammo, hearing protection and range officer.  36 people maximum.  Cash prize to for the best hand.  Please DO NOT bring your own pistol as they will be provided.  Must sign up by 10:00 AM Tuesday at the IRWA registration desk.

Steak Fry (Okoboji ONLY) – 6:15 PM

Following the golf tournament and shooting range poker, join us at Arrowwood Resort (Okoboji) for a 25th Anniversary Steak Fry Celebration, which is included with your paid full registration.

IRWA Tailgate Event (Dubuque ONLY) – 4:30 PM

Following the Tuesday afternoon Training Sessions in Dubuque, IRWA will host a tailgate event at the Grand River Center.  This event will offer “tailgate food”, games and a time to socialize.  Cost for attending the tailgate is included in your paid full registration fee.


Registration Fees
Okoboji Before Sept 1st
Dubuque Before Oct 1st
Okoboji After Sept 1st
Dubuque After Oct 1st
IRWA Member - Full Reg.
IRWA Member - 1 Day
Non-Member - Full Day
Non-Member - 1 Day



Tuesday Classes
7:00 AM  Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
7:45 AM Opening Remarks/Welcome
8:00 – 9:00 What’s New With Water Fluoridation; A Public Health Perspective
Kelsey Feller; Iowa Dept. of Public Safety

Regional IDNR Wastewater Update
OKO-Tom Roos; IDNR
DBQ-Brian Jorgenson; IDNR
9:00 – 10:00  Hydrant Flow Testing
Dan Nebelsick; DGR Engineering

Understanding The Agronomics of Land Applying Sludge
Jim Friedericks; AgSource Laboratories
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Feeling The Burn: Free Chlorine For Nitrification Control
Chad McCleary, City of Washington

Electrical Safety
John Miller, Electric Pump    
11:30 – 12:30  Measuring and Managing Iowa’s Jordan Aquifer
Chad Fields; Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources

Sewer Inspection and Rehabilitation
Bryan Robinson; Municipal Pipe Tool
12:30 – 1:15  Lunch
1:15 – 2:15  Accommodating New Significant Raw & Finished Water Demand
Heath Picken; HR Green

Waste Load Negations with the IDNR…What is Necessary to Ensure Your NPDESLimits Are Issued Appropriately
OKO - Desiree McCaslen; City of Sioux City
DBQ - Ed Askew; IAWEA
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30   Radium and Arsenic Removal Alternatives
Gerry Phipps; HR Green

Excavation Safety Overview & Solutions
Andy Stoulil; United Rentals Trench Safety

Wednesday Classes
7:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 IDNR Updates
OKO—Julie Sievers; IDNR
DBQ—Amber Sauser; IDNR

Air Valves; Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Brett Warga; McIntire Management Group
9:00 – 10:00 Coating Systems for Water Tanks
Rory Sudbeck; Tnemec

Trenchless Structural Manhole Rehabilitation
Matt Houston; Hydro-Klean
10:00 -10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30  IOWARN Emergency Preparedness Resources
John Lins; Des Moines Water Works & IOWARN
11:30 – 12:30 Hands On Media Role Playing
Scott Wienands; Nutri-Ject Systems
12:30 PM CEU’s
  * Topics subject to change.





The Iowa Rural Water Association's 25th Anniversary Okoboji Fall Conference is scheduled for September 20-21 at Arrowwood Resort and the Dubuque Fall Conference is scheduled for October 18-19 at the Grand River Center. We are inviting you to participate in one or both of these conferences. Simply complete the appropriate Vendor Registration Form and return it to our office no later than August 31, 2016. Exhibit fees includes all breaks, Tuesday Lunch & Evening Meal for two (2) company representatives, 6 ft. skirted table and two chairs. Booth electricity IS NOT offered at the Fall Conferences. **Booth Space WILL be assigned by IRWA Staff based on receipt of application. ** The IRWA Cancellation Policy is if written cancellation notice is received by September 1st for Okoboji and October 1st for Dubuque, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administration fee. No refunds will be issued for either conference after these dates.

All vendors will be listed in the final programs. In addition, please take a moment to review our Sponsorship Level opportunities: we would be honored to display you company logo during our conferences. The tradition continues with a Golf Tournament and Steak Fry at the Okoboji Fall Conference. In Dubuque we will be hosting our 2nd Annual IRWA Tailgate Event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for both events.

Hotel rooms have been reserved at the following location:

Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji ($115.00) - 712-332-2161
Okoboji Commons Hotel ($115.00) - 712-332-2222
Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque ($89.00) - 563-690-3270

Please tell them you are with the IRWA conference to receive our discounted rate.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Cathy Law at 641-787-0330. Again, thank you for your continued support. The IRWA staff looks forward to working with you.

Vendor Registration Forms
Okoboji Fall Conference
Dubuque Fall Conference
Online Registration
Basic Booths are available.
Premium Booths are SOLD OUT
Online Registration
Basic & Premium Booths are

Questions about our conference?
Contact Cathy at 800-747-7782 or [email protected]