An Iowa Water Quality Expert Goes to Washington

Aug 24, 2017

David Cwiertny of the University of Iowa is an expert in water quality and water resources. He's also one of 35 science and technology experts who've spent the past year working in the U.S. Congress as part of a fellowship program through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Host Ben Kieffer talks with him about the experience in this edition of River to River.

During Cwiertny's time in D.C., the Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill revising the Safe Drinking Water Act. Cwiertny says it improves the nation's drinking water infrastructure and was an example of bipartisan legislation.

"I don't think either side got everything they wanted, so both sides were willing to come to agreement and meet in the middle and find something that really could still do some good even though everyone was willing to sort of compromise," Cwiertny says.

In the second half of the show we listen back to an interview from earlier this year about the political realities of redistricting.