North Central Region Water Network 2014 Conference

Extension Beyond Borders: Strengthening Networks for Water Resource Management

Download final conference agenda with presentation links HERE


North Central Region Water Network’s first conference


September 30 – October 2, 2014
(Sept 30 pre-conference, October 1-2 main event)


Crowne Plaza MSP Airport, Bloomington, MN


Thank you to all of our colleagues who joined us in the beautiful Twin Cities of Minnesota. The purpose of the conference was to bring Extension educators and researchers together to 1) meet and learn from their colleagues; 2) meet and learn from selected partners, including potential funding partners; and 3) establish foundational relationships and ideas for the next generation of water programs and projects. The conference provides an important opportunity for Extension personnel to talk about complex water issues and establish or strengthen trusting collegial relationships across disciplines and state boundaries that enhance the function of effective virtual teams. Download Final Conference Agenda

Who Attended?

  • Extension educators and university researchers
  • Selected partners

Conference Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of water-related issues, research, and Extension programs across the North Central Region
  • Strengthen professional networks among land grant universities, agency, industry, and NGO partners
  • Provide a forum for generating ideas and planning future multi-state water initiatives

Topics of Focus:

  • Nutrient and manure management
  • Sustainable water supply
  • Climate change and adaption
  • Soil health
  • Land use and development practices
  • Aquatic invasive species prevention and management
  • Youth water literacy and stewardship