At the North Central Region Water Network, we are dedicated to enhancing connectivity and learning, sharing the latest Extension research and knowledge across the region, strengthening the resource base for Extension education, and coordinating initiatives with measurable short and long term impacts.

In the last two years Network Initiatives reported receiving over 1,707,739 in additional funds for their projects – that’s a success rate of 49%. Join us on our journey to turn science into success!

NETWORK NEWS
This fall, the North Central Region Water Network and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development  (NCRCRD) are partnering to address the challenges for agriculture and communities posed by devastating recurring floods. We are currently accepting applications through our Supplemental Request for Applications for multi-state projects that result in a collaborative white paper or report that documents current extension responses to long-term flood planning and preparation, assesses current flood planning and preparedness needs, documents gaps in extension programming and resources, and develops recommendations for strengthening extension support of long-term flood planning and prevention. Learn more and view the request for applications.

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THE CURRENT WEBINAR SERIES

The Current Webinar Series is a speed networking series for professionals engaged in water-related Extension, research, and conservation activities. Each month, we highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming throughout the region. To date our webinars have featured over 100 educators and researchers and reached over 4,500 attendees.  LEARN MORE

Most Recent Webinar:

Groundwater Quality and Nitrate
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 2-3pm CT

Much of the North Central Region relies on groundwater for drinking water, making groundwater quality key area of focus for natural resource, agriculture and public health officials alike. In this edition of The Current webinar series will hear about two different research projects examining groundwater quality and nitrate investigating how irrigation management impacts nitrate leaching and groundwater quality and the use of groundwater age to understand water quality. We will also hear an example of how groundwater data is being used in extension programming to outreach to communities about nitrate and groundwater.

Featured Speakers:

  • Troy Gilmore, Hydrologist and Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – “Groundwater Age: A Tool for Understanding Aquifer Impacts on Stream Water Quality”
  • Vasudha Sharma, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota Extension – “Irrigation management impacts on corn yield and nitrate leaching in Minnesota Central Sands”
  • Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – “Using Well Water Data for Outreach to Communities about Nitrate and Groundwater”

View the presentation slides.