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:

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”


Most Recent Webinar:

Groundwater Quality and Nitrate
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 2-3pm CT

Much of the North Central Region relies on groundwater for drinking water, making groundwater quality key area of focus for natural resource, agriculture and public health officials alike. In this edition of The Current webinar series will hear about two different research projects examining groundwater quality and nitrate investigating how irrigation management impacts nitrate leaching and groundwater quality and the use of groundwater age to understand water quality. We will also hear an example of how groundwater data is being used in extension programming to outreach to communities about nitrate and groundwater.

Featured Speakers:

  • Troy Gilmore, Hydrologist and Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – “Groundwater Age: A Tool for Understanding Aquifer Impacts on Stream Water Quality”
  • Vasudha Sharma, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota Extension – “Irrigation management impacts on corn yield and nitrate leaching in Minnesota Central Sands”
  • Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – “Using Well Water Data for Outreach to Communities about Nitrate and Groundwater”

View the presentation slides.