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:

Recreational Water Quality
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2pm CT

Their relationship to water quality is sometimes overlooked, but aquatic invasive species can be considered “biological pollution”. They can also negatively affect on-water recreation. Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current Webinar series as we focus on how aquatic invasive species affect recreational water quality. You’ll hear about aquatic invasive species, related resources, and tools available to outdoor recreationists and boaters for reporting and mitigating impacts.

Featured Speakers:

  • Eugene Braig, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems, The Ohio State University
  • Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant


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Most Recent Webinar:

Emerging Contaminants – View the Recording
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2pm CT

Last week was drinking water week, reminding us of the critical role water plays in all of our lives. To celebrate, tune in for the next edition of The Current Webinar series as we focus on emerging water contaminants. You’ll hear how contaminants such as microplastics and PFAS play a role in contaminating water as well as how soil is used to remediate wastewater for trace contaminants.

Featured Speakers:

  • John Scott, Senior Analytical Chemist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: “Plastic in the Environment”
  • Ganga Hettiarachchi, Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Kansas State University: “Soil-based Wastewater Remediation”
  • Steve Sliver, Executive Director, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy: “Michigan Taking Action on PFAS”
Access the presentation slides here.
View the webinar recording here.

View all past webinars in our media archive.