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:

Inclusion and Green Infrastructure
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 2 pm CT

Building social equity and environmental justice into the conversation around green infrastructure (GI) is an opportunity to transform communities by integrating economic, environmental, and social goals. Green infrastructure – such as parks, green roofs, and rain gardens – has the potential not only to meet community stormwater management needs but to address other inequitable burdens exasperated by climate change, such as pollution and lack of access to green space. Join us for the next edition of The Current, where we’ll dive into a new North Central Region Water Network report, led by the University of Illinois, with insights for communities and extension professionals seeking to implement GI programs that incorporate equity and GI goals.

Featured Speakers:

  • Carla Walker, Founder/CEO, think BIG Strategies, LLC: “An Equity Lens on Green Infrastructure
  • Tony Heath, P.E., Green Infrastructure Specialist, University of Illinois Extension: “Lessons Learned from Equitable Green infrastructure Listening Sessions
  • Yordanose Solomone, Director of Equitable Engagement, Metro Blooms: “Actualizing Equity in Green Infrastructure

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Most Recent Webinar:

Harmful Algal Blooms – View the Recording
Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 2 PM CT

With summer in full swing, many folks enjoy spending time out on the water. However, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can put a damper on summer fun. Tune in to the next edition of The Current to hear an update on the Network funded Reservoir Observer Student Scientists program as well as the latest HABs research.

Featured Speakers:

  • Emily Kinzinger, Graduate Research Assistant, MU Limnology Lab, University of Missouri: “Reservoir Observer Student Scientists: Year-round Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring”
  • Melissa Miller, Associate Director, Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University: “Partnering to Develop Research, Outreach, and Education Resources to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms in the North Central Region”

View all past webinars in our media archive.