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.

Over the last three years Network initiatives and other projects leveraging Network resources have generated over $5.4 million in additional funds for extension in the North Central Region. Join us on our journey to turn science into success!

NETWORK NEWS
The Network’s Harmful Algal Bloom team recently released a whitepaper addressing next steps to combat harmful algal bloom-related issues throughout the region. The whitepaper was developed by representatives from Extension and the Water Resources Research Institutes from each state in the North Central Region. Together, the team documented existing Extension and state responses to HAB-related issues, assessed outreach programming needs, and developed recommendations for strengthening HAB research and outreach throughout the region. Learn more 

Upcoming Events:

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Introduction to Lakes Online Course

January 14 - March 13
Tue 18

Wetland Science Conference

February 18 - February 20
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Farming Evolution 2020

February 19 - February 20
Mon 24

Missouri River Basin Spring Flood Outlook

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wed 26
Have an event to add to the calendar? Email us!

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:

Results from a Regional Youth Water Education Needs Assessment
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2pm CT

With the increasing demand of agriculture, urban growth, and climate change on water quality, effective water management is critical. However, before water can be effectively managed individuals need a solid knowledge of water resources, natural and anthropogenic influences, changing and emerging threats to water, and how local water issues affect world water supply.  Evidence suggests that many Americans lack these foundational components. An important step in shifting this trend begins with our kids.

Tune in on Wednesday, February 12th for the next edition of the The Current, where we will hear from the Network’s youth water education team who will summarize the results of their recently conducted youth and water needs assessment. The team will overview their findings on the water curriculum currently being used throughout the region, aspects of youth water education that effectively engage youth, and the barriers educators both in and out of Extension face when conducting youth water education.

Featured Speakers:

  • Justin Hougham, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
  • Kristi Lekies, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Zuzana Bohrerova, Research Scientist, The Ohio State University, and Associate Director, Ohio Water Resources Center

View the presentation slides.