The Current Webinar Series

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Upcoming Webinar:

Water Quality and Wetland Mapping
Wednesday, February 8, 2022 at 2pm CT

How do we map key water-related indicators such as water quality and coastal wetlands? Tune into this webinar as we feature two researchers who will discuss how we can use satellite-derived water quality data and high resolution imagery to map water quality and identify lakes prone to cyanobacteria blooms and map and monitor Great Lakes coastal wetlands.


Most Recent Webinar:

Drought Planning and Preparedness
Wednesday, January 25, 2022 at 2pm CT – View the Recording

Currently all states in our region are facing drought in some way with some areas facing D3 or D4 conditions. With drought on the horizon for many, we are focusing on drought planning and preparedness for January’s edition of The Current Webinar Series.

This webinar featured the latest research on flash droughts and how community planners are undertaking drought planning across the region and highlighted how one state is working to address and monitor the situation.

Featured Speakers:

  • Tonya Haigh, Research Assistant Professor, Social Science Coordinator and Project Coordinator, National Drought Mitigation Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jason Otkin, Associate Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Adnan Akyüz, Professor of Climatological Practice, North Dakota State Climatologist, North Dakota State University

View the Presentation Slides

Looking for information on our other webinars? The Network’s Harmful Algal Bloom, Soil Health and Climate team all have a webinar series. Be sure to check them out!

View all past webinars in our media archive