Addressing Lake Management in the Pond Capital of Ohio

Harmful algal blooms or HABs are present across the North Central Region, and Ohio is no exception.  In fact, for many Ohioans the issue is especially close to home. 2011 saw a record-breaking blue-green algal bloom in Lake… Read More

Top Three Takeaways: Wetland Values for Water Management

The Current Webinar 38: Wetland Values for Water Management focused on the varied issues surrounding wetland water, soil, and species across the North Central Region.  Extension professionals and water science experts offered unique perspectives and research highlighting key… Read More

Bittersweet Earth Day

Earth Day fell on a Sunday this year. With a nod to my need for introvert time, I celebrated in the garden. Wheel-barrowing finished compost from back yard to front, getting my hands in the soil, and seeding… Read More

Announcing Two New Network Projects Focusing on HABs

The North Central Region Water Network is pleased to announce two new seed-funded projects beginning in May 2018, addressing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the North Central Region and beyond. The Network is partnering the Water Resource Research… Read More

Edge-of-Field Research Focuses on Controlled Drainage and Saturated Buffers for Reducing Nutrient Runoff

Article by Lois Wolfson and Ehsan Ghane. Agriculture in Michigan is one of the three biggest industries in the state and it is essential to the state’s economy. An important component of agriculture is subsurface (tile) drainage, since… Read More

Do larger American cities risk a run-in with Day Zero?

Natural resource geek that I am, I must confess that seen very few natural disaster movies. My small list includes James Cameron’s 1997 film  Titanic, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film  Contagion, Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours (2016), and Roar Ulthaug’s Norweigian film The… Read More

Lois Wolfson of MSU Awarded Distinguished Academic Staff Award

This story was originally published on MSU today and has been edited and republished here. NCRWN is excited to announce that Lois Wolfson was recently awarded Michigan State University‘s Distinguished Academic Staff Award! Lois, who is a critical member… Read More

Tackling the Science Communication Puzzle

For those of you I haven’t met, I’m Anne Nardi and I joined the NCRWN team in October as the network’s marketing and communications specialist. Now, if you, like many of the science professionals I have met in… Read More

Can Manure Improve Soil Health?

This post was originally published on the Soil Health Nexus blog.  It has be adapted and re-published here. Is there a correlation between soil health (or soil productivity) and manure? A report recently released from the Soil Health… Read More

Diverting Runoff One Garden at a Time

As part of Kara Salazar’s work  as Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist for Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant , she runs the Sustainable Communities Extension Program. The program works to support community planning and sustainable… Read More