State Rep. Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) will attend the Midwest/Great Lakes meeting of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators in Chicago, Dec. 8-10.

Isenhart is ranking member on the Environmental Protection Committee in the Iowa House of Representatives.

“Learning from colleagues from other states who are part of this bi-partisan organization will give us the ability to hit the ground running when we return to Des Moines in January,” Isenhart said. “We will have new ideas and in-depth knowledge of what’s working in other states.”

Topics to be addressed at the summit include: impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, toxic chemical policy and bisphenol-A, the climate of denial around climate science, natural gas vehicles, nuclear energy security, electricity “smart grid” technologies, the future of wind, pollinators as threatened species, nutrient pollution in rivers and lakes, and the Asian carp invasion.

Witold Krajewski of the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa will demonstrate the Iowa Flood Information System, a web-based tool to provide communities access to flood inundation maps, real-time flood conditions, flood forecasts and interactive visualizations. The new technology is designed to help leaders make better land-use decisions, become more flood resilient and alert communities in advance to help minimize damage of future floods.