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The fifth annual Citizen Water Academy will be held in Fall of 2023. The kick-off of the Academy will coincide with the Imagine A Day Without Water campaign. There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply to attend the Citizen Water Academy.  Check back soon for dates!


The William G. Stowe Citizen Water Academy of Central Iowa is designed to help current and emerging leaders in our community learn and appreciate our most important natural resource – the water we depend on for life. 


Attendees receive 16 hours of instruction, tour multiple treatment plants operated by Des Moines Water Works, listen to presentations from soil and water professionals, and interact with Des Moines Water Works staff over the four sessions of this program.  It is the Academy's goal that participants not only have a better understanding of their local water utility but are also equipped to help lead the discussion on important water issues now and in the future.  Past academies have included sessions such as the Value of Clean Water, Restoring and Protecting Source Water, and Formulating Policy Perspectives to Restore and Protect Source Water.  Check back soon for the next academy's agenda!

“Highly informative. A good way to learn or improve tools to help tackle Iowa's clean water issues.”

– Ross Grooters, City of Pleasant Hill Councilmember

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