Iowans' Lake-based Recreation and Water Quality Webinar

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00pm

Results from a 2019 survey about Iowans’ lake-based recreation will be shared during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar at noon on Wednesday, June 16. 

The 2019 Iowa Lakes Valuation Project, funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the first statewide survey since 2014 that collects information on how, where, and when Iowans make use of the state’s recreational lakes.

Wendong Zhang, assistant professor of economics and extension economist at Iowa State University, will explain how the collected information is used to understand Iowans’ attitudes toward water quality and their willingness to pay for water quality improvements.

“The project allows us to properly analyze and evaluate the return on investment for water quality improvement and lake restoration efforts,” said Zhang. “The estimated household trips associated with Iowans’ 139 lake visits in 2019 is about 8.5 million and the estimated total direct spending is about $44.7 million.”

Zhang’s research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland markets, agricultural water conservation, and Chinese agriculture.

Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on June 16, click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:

Or, go to and enter meeting ID 364 284 172. Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; with meeting ID 364 284 172.

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available online.