Who We Are

North Central Region Water Network partner mapThe 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, and a regional administrative council comprising state Extension directors, university personnel, representatives from state and federal agencies, business and industry representatives, NGO staff, and researchers/educators with water-related expertise. Support is provided by an experienced team of administrative specialists representing multiple partner institutions. Learn more about the network.

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 connectivity and learning among university professionals and our partners engaged in water-related research, education, and management
  • Strengthen the resource base available for Extension education. Extension provides a critical bridge between applied research and the people, organizations, and communities that can use that research to strengthen decision-making.
  • Generate measurable environmental and social impacts in the short and long-term


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.