About Us

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The North Central Region Water Network is a 12-state collaboration designed to enhance connectivity across regional and state water projects, develop and carry out integrated outreach and education efforts, and coordinate projects with measurable short and long-term environmental and social impacts. The network is overseen by an Extension based regional director, a team of Extension appointed state contacts. 

We work together to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies by increasing the scope and positive impact of multi-state water outreach and research efforts in the North Central Region of the United States

We seek to

  • Increase access to water-related university research and extension programs.
  • Maintain and grow rich networking and learning experiences among land-grant universities on water-related topics.
  • Expand and strengthen land-grant university collaborative and timely responses to water-related challenges and opportunities that span multiple states.
  • Maintain and increase the social, economic, and environmental benefits that improved water quality and quantity provide.


We are recognized leaders in lifelong learning and citizen engagement, resulting in safe, accessible water supplies and sustainable, resilient communities.


Extension provides the bridge between applied research and the people, organizations, and communities who use that research to enhance decision-making.  At the North Central Region Water Network, we work to strengthen that bridge by:

  • Enhancing Connectivity
  • Building Strong Teams
  • Diversifying Funding
  • Developing Extension and Front Line Resources
  • Generating Benefits to People and Natural Resources

Read more about our impact in our 2018 Impact Report.