a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa




CEO and General Manager
Des Moines Water Works




11:45 am – 1:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
310 Fifth Street SE, Cedar Rapids

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch


Iowa is in a water quality crisis. In 2015, more Iowa beaches were closed due to unsafe bacterial levels than ever before, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported a record number of Iowa waterways failing to meet water quality standards (“impaired waters”). That same year, Des Moines Water Works operated its nitrogen removal system for a record 177 days. Downstream, the catastrophic effects of industrialized agriculture’s mono-cropped, leaky system resulted in record floods and contributed the lion’s share of nutrient pollution pouring into the Mississippi River. At our November Intersections, Bill Stowe will speak on the central Iowa utility’s mission to provide safe, affordable and abundant drinking water to 500,000 customers and the challenges faced in an agricultural watershed.

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Bill Stowe is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts, and received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Law School. Bill sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, representing the largest drinking water utilities in North America. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Iowa Bar Association. He frequently acts through the American Arbitration Association as an impartial arbitrator in resolving complex construction and commercial disputes involving public and private construction projects.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 1.
Email or call 319.364.6148. If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, payment for your reservation is appreciated if you do not cancel by the Tuesday deadline.

Yes, there really is such thing as a free lunch!
lunchonusBeginning September 2016, we are rewarding you for bringing guests to Intersections! All you need to do is RSVP by the Tuesday prior to the luncheon as you’ve always done and include the name(s) of the person(s) you’ve invited to attend. Once five people new to Intersections have attended an educational luncheon upon your invitation, we’ll waive your fee for one Intersections (a $10 value)! And another perk: each guest dines at no cost on their first visit! The best part is, we’ll keep track of your guest attendance list for you, so no punch cards to keep track of or tickets to remember! Please feel free to contact Kristin with any questions: 515.279.8715 or Who are you going to invite?

Who should be attending Intersections?
We want Intersections to reach more people in the greater Cedar Rapids area. And, we need your help! Please consider inviting a couple of friends (or more!) to attend Intersections with you. Make sure you give us their names when you make your reservation. Thank you for your help!

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You can now find Intersections on Facebook. We will have updated info on speakers for the coming months. Reservations will still need to be made by email or phone.

Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the intersection of religion and politics.