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:

Drought Scenario Planning Interactive Guide
Wednesday, March 10th at 2pm CT

This month’s webinar will showcase the work of the North Central Region Water Network’s drought team! The team, led by the National Drought Mitigation Center, worked to develop an interactive guide to help Extension professionals and communities better plan for droughts. This user-friendly interactive website helps educators and communities understand, plan and prepare for future drought. Tune in to hear about this new resource!

Featured Speakers:

  • Tonya Bernadt, Education and Outreach Specialist, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Deborah Bathke, Education Coordinator, National Drought Mitigation Center, and Associate Research Professor in the School of Natural Resources at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Most Recent Webinar:

Indigenous Perspectives on Water and Conservation
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Watch the Recording or View the Slides

The February edition of The Current webinar explored Indigenous perspectives on water and conservation and how integrating First Nation individuals, technology and knowledge can strengthen water work. Dr. Dan Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University shared his perspective and Dr. Christina Gish Hill and Derrick Kapayou of Iowa State University  discussed how traditional ecological knowledge on intercropping and soil health techniques can inform modern ecological and agricultural knowledge.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Dan Wildcat, Professor, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center
  • Dr. Christina Gish Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies, Iowa State University
  • Derrick Kapayou, master’s student in sustainable agriculture and anthropology, Iowa State University


View all past webinars in our media archive.