Dr. Matt Helmers was one of three professors asked to give a lecture as a part of the “Soil and Water Distinguished Lecture-Perspectives on Future Management of Your Natural Resources” at this year’s American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Meeting in Kansas City.
Matt’s lecture, “Managing to reduce sediment and nutrient movement to river and stream systems in the Upper Mississippi River Basin” was well-received by the two hundred people in attendance. Matt highlighted the science assessment of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and discussed the role agricultural and biosystems engineers could and should play to help reduce the flow of sediment and nutrients to our water systems. There was an engaging question and answer period following the talk.
Those of us who have worked with Matt Helmers over the years, either with the Iowa Learning Farms or one of his other outreach and research initiatives, know that Matt is passionate about improving water quality in Iowa. It was great to see him get acknowledged by his peers as a leading researcher and educator in the field of water quality engineering.
Dr. Helmers is an associate professor in the ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He was also recently designated a Dean’s Professor for the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Matt’s outreach is not limited to farmers and adult audiences. Ann Staudt and I were in attendance at the meeting in Kansas City that morning because our computer game “Rock Your Watershed! A Game of Choice and Chance” received an ASABE Blue Ribbon Award for Educational Aids. The game, which can be found at www.waterrocks.org, is another example of the ways in which Matt is working to educate all Iowans in the importance of healthy watersheds.
Join me in congratulating Matt for his distinguished service to ASABE and Iowa State University!