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.

Most Recent Webinar:

Beyond Hydrology: Exploring the benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Our May edition of The Current Webinar Series will focus on green stormwater infrastructure. Many folks recognize the benefits of green infrastructure from a hydrological standpoint, but there are many benefits of green infrastructure beyond water quality, from economics and ecosystem services, to community and workforce development and enhancing urban landscapes. This month’s webinar will overview different examples of green infrastructure and explore the hydrological, ecological, economic and policy benefits of these practices.

Featured speakers included:

  • John McMaine, Assistant Professor and Extension Water Management Engineer, South Dakota State University: Green Infrastructure – The paradigm and the processes
  • Kelsey McDonough,  Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Bayreuth, Germany: Ecosystem Services Benefits of Green Infrastructure
  • Lisa Merrifield, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension: Economic and Societal Benefits of Green Infrastructure

View the presentation slides.