The Current

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for university professionals engaged in water-related extension and research. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring the seven part series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with four 10 minute project snapshots and 20 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction. Please join us. We promise your calendar won’t mind.

Next Webinar:

April 15, 2015: This webinar will focus on the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit.  Kristine Tidgren, Iowa State University, will offer legal analysis and implications.

Past Webinars:

  •  Educating the Next Generation of Water Leaders - Feb. 18, 2015 – Watch Now
    • Elizabeth Juchems, Conservation Station Coordinator – Water Rocks!: Making a Splash with Youth Water Education
    • Kate Reilly, Outreach Program Manager – Think Water, The Next Big Thing in Water (Thinking) Just got Bigger! Educators have new tools to embed thinking into their existing and developing water education activities. ThinkWater resources help educators recognize and assess thinking to strengthen program impacts.
    • Catherine Techtmann, Environmental Outreach State Specialist – G-WOW: Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow) Changing Climate, Changing Culture – A Model and Tools for Increasing Climate Change Literacy

Stay tuned for final dates and times.

  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Impacts and Resources – October 15, 2014 – Watch Now
    • Peter W. Sorensen, Professor Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota – Carp Control and the Judas Fish Technique
    • Ashley Baldridge, Research Benthic Ecologist, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Ann Arbor – Relative Impacts of Climate Change and Dreissenid Mussels on Lake Michigan Zooplankton
    • Patrice M. Charlebois, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant & Illinois Natural History Survey, Chicago Botanic Garden – Using Science and Outreach to Prevent Invasions from the Organisms in Trade Pathway
    • Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Sea Grant – Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! in Your Neck of the Woods
  • Soil Health: What Do We Know, What Can We Do? – September 17, 2014 – Watch Now
    • Naeem Kalwar, North Dakota State University – Soil Salinity and Sodicity Impacts to Soil Health
    • Dr. Dave Franzen, North Dakota State University – Soil Erosion and its Effects on Soil Health
    • Chris Augustin, North Dakota State University – Cover Crops for Healthy Soils
    • Kevin Erb, UW-Extension and Christina Curell, Michigan State University – Soil Health: Making Agriculture more resilient in an era of Climate Variability
  • We the People: Social Science Applications in Water Resource Management – August 20, 2014  – Watch Now
    • Richard Moore, The Ohio State University – Community-based Water Quality Trading: Lessons from Ohio
    • Ken Genskow, UW-Madison – Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis (SIDMA): A tool for using social indicators with watershed planning and management
    • Linda Prokopy, Purdue – Climate Change and Water: Farmers’ and Advisors’ Perspectives
    • Tonya Haigh, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – National Drought Mitigation Center: Planning and Social Science Resources — http://drought.unl.edu
  • Decision Support Tools for Nutrient and Sediment Management – May 27, 2014  – Watch Now
    • Laura Ward Good, University of Wisconsin and Richard Halopka, University of Wisconsin-Extension – Wisconsin’s Runoff Advisory System: Reducing the Risks in Manure Management (4:47)
    • Chad Hart, Iowa State University – U2U: Considering Climate Data in Agricultural Decisions (17:42)
    • Jessica D’Ambrosio, The Ohio State University – Enhanced Ditch Design Spreadsheet: Design and Decision Support Tool for Alternative Agricultural Drainage Ditch Designs (29:45)
    • Rick Cruse, Iowa State University – Iowa Daily Erosion Project: Estimating Soil Erosion on a Daily Basis (47:15)
  • Managing Water Supply: Resources for Education, Engagement, and Research – April 2, 2014  – Watch Now
    • Richard Klemme, University of Wisconsin-Extension – Introduction to the North Central Region Water Network
    • Gary Zoubek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension – The Nebraska Ag Water Management Network: Improving Water Use Efficiency
    • Margaret Schneemann, University of IL-Extension – Water Supply Planning and Programming in Northeastern Illinois
    • David Lusch, Michigan State University – Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Program: An Environmental Flows Approach to Large-Volume Withdrawal Management