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
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 accepting 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. The application deadline for this RFA has been extended until Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5pm CT. 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

Upcoming Webinar:

Emerging Contaminates: The Latest Research on PFAS – Watch the Recording
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2-3pm CT

Both experts and citizens are becoming more aware and concerned about PFAS contamination in our environment, water, and fish.  PFAS, the acronym for about 4,000-5,000 chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are manmade chemicals that have been used in common household and industrial products. This month’s webinar will feature the latest research on PFAS including impacts on reproductive and child health, the biological effects of exposure on fish and wildlife populations and more. Tune in to learn more about these emerging contaminates and the leading research on their impacts.

Featured Speakers:

  • Courtney Carignan, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University: “PFAS Exposure and Impacts on Health”
  • Mahsa Modiri-Gharehveran, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University: “PFAS: Occurrence in Composts and Biosolids and Remediation Approaches”
  • Cheryl Murphy, Associate Professor, Ecotoxicology of Fish, Michigan State University: “Ecological Risk Assessment of PFAS”

View the presentation slides.