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:

Results from a Regional Youth Water Education Needs Assessment
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2pm CT

With the increasing demand of agriculture, urban growth, and climate change on water quality, effective water management is critical. However, before water can be effectively managed individuals need a solid knowledge of water resources, natural and anthropogenic influences, changing and emerging threats to water, and how local water issues affect world water supply.  Evidence suggests that many Americans lack these foundational components.

Tune in on Wednesday, February 12th for the next edition of the The Current, where we will hear from the Network’s youth water education team who will summarize the results of their recently conducted needs assessment. The team will overview their findings on the water curriculum currently being used throughout the region, aspects of youth water education that effectively engage youth, and the barriers educators both in and out of Extension face when conducting youth water education.


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Most Recent Webinar:

Emerging Contaminates: The Latest Research on PFAS – Watch the Recording
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2-3pm CT

Both experts and citizens are becoming more aware and concerned about PFAS contamination in our environment, water, and fish.  PFAS, the acronym for about 4,000-5,000 chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are manmade chemicals that have been used in common household and industrial products. This month’s webinar will feature the latest research on PFAS including impacts on reproductive and child health, the biological effects of exposure on fish and wildlife populations and more. Tune in to learn more about these emerging contaminates and the leading research on their impacts.

Featured Speakers:

  • Courtney Carignan, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University: “PFAS Exposure and Impacts on Health”
  • Mahsa Modiri-Gharehveran, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University: “PFAS: Occurrence in Composts and Biosolids and Remediation Approaches”
  • Cheryl Murphy, Associate Professor, Ecotoxicology of Fish, Michigan State University: “Ecological Risk Assessment of PFAS”