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North Central Region Water Network 2016 Spring Conference

March 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

From Science to Success: Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Practice in Water Resource Management

Conference and Working Session March 21 – 22, 2016
Sandhill Crane Spring Migration Viewing and Nebraska Water Resource Field Tour (3 pm, March 22 to 2:30 pm, March 23)
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, Lincoln, Nebraska
Reservations should be made by calling (866)706-7706; ask for the North Central Region Water Network event rate. More details provided with your conference registration confirmation.

Who Should Attended?

  • Extension educators and university researchers
  • Selected partners

2016 Conference Agenda
Register for the Conference HERE.

Early bird registration and conference room block deadline is February 21, 2016 so make your travel arrangements soon!

-Registration deadline for the Nebraska Field Tour is January 29.
-Early bird registration is $125.
-Registration after Feb 21 is $150.
-Registration for Field Tour is $85. Space is limited to 52 participants – first come, first serve!
Call for Poster Submissions: Abstracts are due February 12.

Conference Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of water-related issues, research, and Extension programs providing benefits across the North Central Region
  • Strengthen professional networks among land grant universities, agency, industry, and NGO partners
  • Strengthening water research and outreach in the North Central Region
  • Provide feedback for Network Leadership and Extension Directors on direction of the North Central Region Water Network

Topics of Focus:

  • Watershed leadership and management
  • Agricultural irrigation
  • Managing agricultural drainage water
  • Climate change in agriculture and community development
  • Youth and water literacy and stewardship
  • Other topics chosen by conference participants

Extension programs across the North Central Region have a lot to offer to the people we serve and to our colleagues across the region. The purpose of this year’s conference, From Science to Success: Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Practice in Water Resource Management, is to strengthen our ability to “get to impact” – to learn more about what we can do in the context of the land-grant mission to increase the adoption of best water resource management practices.

The conference will bring Extension educators and researchers together to:

1) meet and learn from their colleagues; 2) meet and learn from partners; and 3) deepen working relationships among participants to address high priority areas for water research and outreach.
In addition, participants will have an opportunity to participate in our Nebraska Field Tour courtesy of our host, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We’ll travel from Lincoln to Kearny, learning about Nebraska’s natural resources, agriculture, and communities along the way.

At Kearny, we’ll experience the Platte River’s internationally celebrated Sandhill crane migration at the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary. As we return, we’ll learn more about water resource management in the Platte River Basin, partnerships and programs that are growing agricultural literacy in Nebraska, the science and practice of agricultural irrigation, on-farm research to improve nitrogen use efficiency, and innovations in Lincoln’s wastewater treatment systems.
Don’t forget to submit your posters! More details here.
Register here.


March 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am
March 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker
333 South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE United States
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