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:

State Water Quality Initiative Round Robin
Wednesday, August 11th at 2pm CT

August is National Water Quality Month! To celebrate we are doing a regional round robin on state water quality initiatives. Tune into this month’s The Current to hear about different policies and programs in place to protect water quality across the region – from H2Ohio to Minnesota Legacy’s Clean Water Fund.



Most Recent Webinar:

Beach Monitoring Practices, Outreach, and Tools
Wednesday, July 14th at 2pm CT – View the Recording or Access the Slides

When it comes to recreational lakes and swimmable waters in the North Central Region, beach monitoring is an ongoing challenge for water resource managers and outreach professionals. Our July webinar highlights monitoring and outreach efforts across the region and a new tool for coastal managers from the US EPA. 


Featured Speakers:
  • Mike Archer, State Lakes Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy: Nebraska Public Beach Monitoring: A proactive approach to HAB monitoring
  • Sara Hudson, Director, City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department: Coast to Coast Collaboration: from Lake Superior to Lake Michigan and all the lakes in between. How the Wisconsin Coastal Beaches Working Group works together on beach monitoring policies, procedures and outreach/education.
  • Nate Bosch, Professor in the Environmental Science program at Grace College, Director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams: Algae toxins and E.coli at beaches in inland lakes of Indiana
  • Sharon Frey, Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water, US EPA: EPA’s New Sanitary Survey App for Marine and Fresh Waters


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