The North Central Region Water Network is a 12-state collaboration designed to enhance connectivity across regional and state water projects, develop and carry out integrated outreach and education efforts and coordinate projects with measurable short- and long-term environmental and social impacts. The network is overseen by an Extension-based regional director, a team of Extension-appointed state contacts and a regional administrative council comprising state Extension directors, university personnel, representatives from state and federal agencies, business and industry representatives, nongovernmental organization (NGO) staff and researchers/educators with water-related expertise. Support is provided by an experienced team of administrative specialists representing multiple partner institutions.
The network seeks to:
- Increase access to water-related university research and Extension programs.
- Maintain and grow rich networking and learning experiences among land-grant universities on water-related topics.
- Expand and strengthen land-grant university collaborative and timely responses to water-related challenges and opportunities that span multiple states.
- Maintain and increase the social, economic and environmental benefits that improved water quality and quantity provide.
Current priority areas:
Joe Bonnell, PhD
Interim Outreach Program Manager
Watershed Outreach Specialist
Natural Resources Communications Specialist (Grassland 2.0 and One Good Idea projects)
Grassland and Perennial Agriculture Outreach Specialist
North Central Region Water Network