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IRWA Fall Conferences 2022





Attendee Information

Downloadable Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)


Okoboji Fall Conference
Dubuque Fall Conference

September 13th and 14th, 2022

Arrowwood Resort
1405 Hwy 71
Okoboji, Iowa

October 4th & 5th, 2022

Grand River Center
500 Bell Street
Dubuque, Iowa


Full Attendee 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.  Or you can register online at www.iowaruralwater.org .



Reservations can be made at the following hotels;

          Okoboji – Arrowwood Resort 712-332-2161 – Reservation deadline is August 12th, 2022

          AmericInn of Lake Okoboji -712-332-9000 – Reservation deadline is August 13th, 2022

Okoboji -- AmericInn Reservation Link: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/americinn/okoboji-iowa/americinn-lodge-and-suites-okoboji/rooms-rates?&checkInDate=09/12/2022&checkOutDate=09/14/2022&groupCode=CGRW22

          Okoboji Commons – 712-332-2222   

          Dubuque – Grand Harbor Resort - 563-690-3270. Reservation deadline is September 3rd, 2022. 



Registration must be completed by the Friday before the conference.  Onsite/day of registration will NOT be an option for either Fall Conference.


CEU Process: 

New this year, instead of physically signing into each session, attendees will be expected to "scan in" to each session using the scanning equipment just inside the training room doors.  In addition, you will be required to “scan out” when leaving the room so that attendance can be tracked. The scanner will record your attendance for CEU verification purposes.  If you do not scan in within a reasonable amount of time at the beginning of a session and scan out within a reasonable amount of time at the end of a session you will not receive credit for that session.



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 August 25th for Okoboji and September 22nd for Dubuque, you will receive a full refund minus a $35 administration fee.  No refunds will be issued for either conference after these dates.


Additional Activities:

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

Tuesday Golf Tournament (Okoboji ONLY) – 4 PM
A 4-Man scramble golf tournament will be held at Brooks Golf Club (Okoboji). Cost is $45.00 per person. Sign-up first thing Tuesday morning at the table near IRWA Registration. Must sign up by 10:30 AM Tuesday.

Tuesday Night Steak Fry (Okoboji ONLY) – 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Following the Tuesday sessions and golf tournament join us at Arrowwood Resort (Okoboji) for our Annual Steak Fry which is included with your paid full registration. Supper service closes at 8:00 PM.

4th Annual Bowling Tournament (Dubuque ONLY) – 4:00 PM
We will host our 4th Annual Bowling Tournament at the Diamond Joe Casino Cherry Lanes. The tournament will be a 2-Man team, 3 rounds of play with prizes award to top teams. Must sign up by 10:00 AM on Tuesday at the IRWA registration desk. The Bowling Tournament is a sponsored event so there is not a registration fee.

Annual Social Event (Dubuque ONLY) – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
On Tuesday, join us for supper and social time at the Diamond Joe Casino Bridge/Harbor Room. Supper buffet will be served starting at 6:30 PM. On the menu is the Riverview BBQ which includes Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Honey Corn Muffin, Smoked BBQ Ribs, Shaved Brisket, Grilled Chicken, BBQ Beans, Sweet Corn and Cherry Cobbler. This social time and meal is included with your paid full registration. There will be a host keg beer and cash bar available. Supper service closes at 7:30 PM. Following supper, stay and play a few games on the patio, join our Trivia Game and enjoy time with friends.


Fall Conference Tuesday Classes

7:00 AM
Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

7:45 AM
Opening Remarks/Welcome

8:00 - 9:00
Water Tower Winter Weather Operations: Preventing Water Tower Freezing (WD)
- Jake Dugger and Rich Kemmir, Maguire Iron
Trenchless Manhole Rehabilitation (WW)
- Tameka Kueser, H K Solutions Group

9:00 - 10:00
Ammonia – The Impact on Disinfection (WT)
- Julie Sievers, ISG
Nutrient Reduction (WW)
- Jim Martin, Lemna Environmental Technologies

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30
Manganese (WT)
- Keith Wilken, IDNR Field Office 4
- David Richardson, Iowa Rural Water Association
Keep Safety in Mind (WW)
- John Leto, Electric Pump

11:30 - 12:30
Metering Technology (WD)
- Brian Lawson, Smart Earth Technologies
Case Study: New Treatment Option (WW)
- Nathan Seberg, BES Water Solutions

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:15
The Cost of Doing Nothing: Your Water Storage Infrastructure (WT/WD/WW)
- Jim Creed, KLM Engineering (OKO)
- Dewey Prinzing,KLM Engineering (DBQ)
Small Town Treatment Options (WW)
- Jeff Godwin, Snyder & Associates

2:15 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:30
Arsenic in an Old Place (WT)
- Russ Stammer, Veenstra & Kimm
Using Arc GIS Collector to Perform Inspections & Inventory(WW)
- Tyler Danielson, Bolton & Menk, Inc.


Fall Conference Wednesday Classes

7:30 AM
Registration / Full Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00
Water Main Assessments & Hydraulic Modeling (WD)
- Gary Brons, McClure
Pump Selection: A Science Based Approach (WW)
- Mike Bishop, Iowa Pump Works

9:00 - 10:00
Navigating the Flood of Advanced Metering Technology (WD)
- Chadwick Middleton, Neptune Technology Group
Conversation to Activated Sludge (WW)
- Austyn Wolfe, McClure

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30
Asset Management and GPS Mapping (WT/WD/WW)
- Kevin Carpenter, Silversmith

11:30 - 12:30
IDNR Updates (WT/WD/WW)
- TBD, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

12:30 PM

* Topics subject to change


Online Registration:

Okoboji: https://connect.gomembers.com/f/fid.php?id=df5f06b35f5f15940996186d87c0da08

Dubuque: https://connect.gomembers.com/f/fid.php?id=883f7298844276fdf5b379ecfbc563e9

Downloadable Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)




Questions about our conference?
Contact Cathy at 641-787-0330 or claw@iowaruralwater.org