Read the latest water-related news and events!
Read the latest water-related news and events!
A monthly e-newsletter from the North Central Region Water Network
January 2023
Frozen bar on the shore of Lake Michigan

Network News

It's January and that means it is meeting season for many of us. Folks are busy planning for the upcoming field season, attending conferences and meetings with key organizations, and fitting in as much professional development as possible. 
At the Water Network - we have been busy with meetings and conferences and working with our teams to plan our future work.
We also have a full slate of webinars coming up from the Network and our teams. Recordings from the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium are now available, and the Network, The Soil Health Nexus, The North Central Climate Collaborative, and the Algal Bloom Action Team all have webinars this month! Be sure to register for one or all to help expand your network and learn about the latest water and conservation research and programming.
-Joe Bonnell and Anne Nardi, North Central Region Water Network
Snapshot of detailed landcover and wetland maps created by the Great Lakes Alliance for Remote Sensing
Image by Great Lakes Alliance for Remote Sensing
The Current Webinar Series
Water Quality and Wetland Mapping
Wednesday, February 8th at 2pm CT
How do we map key water-related indicators such as water quality and coastal wetlands? Tune into this webinar as we feature two researchers who will discuss how they are using satellite-derived water quality data and high resolution imagery to map water quality and identify lakes prone to cyanobacteria blooms and map and monitor Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Register
Installation of a new weather station at Feldun Purdue Ag Center. The buildout of Indiana’s mesonet began with stations on every Purdue farm in Indiana.

Leadership Spotlight
Weather, Water, and Soil Intersect in Indiana’s Climate Smart Agriculture Programs

Story by Hans Schmitz

Climate Smart Agriculture has been a buzzword over the past year, with the connotation that farms can play a large role in sequestering greenhouses gasses.  In order to do so, carbon in the upper layers of soil has to be increased, methane from ruminants must be lessened or harnessed to be converted to energy, and renewable energy resources have to be incorporated into farm management considerations.  In Indiana, many resources have been dedicated to progressing in this arena.  We just used a variety of other terms in the process. Read on

In The News

Upcoming Events

2023 Nebraska Soil Health Conference
Thursday, February 9th

The 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference set for February 9th, 2023 aims to discuss and analyze the latest innovations, achievements and opportunities to build and maintain healthy soils. This event features innovative and diverse speakers — researchers, extension educators and ag producers — who will share their experiences adopting regenerative soil health practices. The event is held in-person in David City and will also be broadcast online. Register Here
Soil Health Digital Cafe - Baseline Assessment of the Soil Health in Ohio
Wednesday, February 15th at 2pm CT

A key part of soil health assessments is understanding how soil health indicators vary by soil type. This talk will feature Christine Sprunger, Assistant Professor of Soil Health at Michigan State University, who will outline a baseline soil health assessment that was conducted in Ohio. The talk will also outline goals for conducting future baseline assessments across the state of Michigan. Register Here
Integrating Climate Change Research and Outreach in the Midwest
Monday, February 27th at 1pm CT

Adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change is a technical, social, and political challenge that will require significant changes across all aspects of society. This is particularly the case in the Midwest, which is expected to receive an influx of climate refugees over the coming century. In this talk, Stuart Carlton will review his research to share lessons on climate change beliefs, communication, to discuss how scientists, policy makers, and outreach and Extension personnel can work together to build a climate-ready future. Register Here
2023 Great Lakes Conference
Friday, March 7th

The 33rd annual Great Lakes conference will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 and will feature two themes with three presentations per theme as well as a panel discussion with Q/A from participants. The themes are Fisheries Management in the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Islands. The day will also feature a presentation on PFAS in Great Lakes Fish. Register Here

Funding and Opportunities

78th SWCS International Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is seeking oral presentations, posters, symposia, professional development sessions, and workshops for the 78th SWCS International Annual Conference, taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, August 6-9, 2023. Submissions for oral presentations, posters and symposiums are due February 15th. Learn more
Algae Taxonomist Position Opening - EcoAnalyst
EcoAnalysts, Inc. seeks to hire two talented Algae Taxonomist who enjoy algae taxonomy and want to be part of a successful team of aquatic scientists. In this position, the successful candidate will be required to process both Diatom and Soft Algae samples. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate experience and knowledge of both types and associated laboratory experience including diatom cleaning and slide preparation, soft algal sample handling/treatment and pigment analysis. Duties include identification of samples in a production environment and data summarization for reporting to clients in addition to related laboratory needs. 
Learn more
Practical Farmers of Iowa Position Openings
Practical Farmers of Iowa is currently seeking to hire three positions: 1) Research Coordinator, 2) Field Crops Education Coordinator, and 3) Beginning Farmer Engagement Coordinator. Learn more


Match Made in Heaven Farmer Survey
A cover crop planted into crop residue will put down roots even late into the fall and can provide feed for livestock bringing manure to the field.  Would this work on your farm? A team out of Green Lands, Blue Waters want to hear farmers thoughts and experiences with crop/livestock integration. If you farm, please contribute your voice to the MMIH survey
here. You can also share the survey with the producers in your area.
As Winters Warm, Nutrient Pollution Threatens 40% of U.S. - The University of Vermont
The first-of-its-kind national study finds that previously frozen winter nutrient pollution—unlocked by rising winter temperatures and rainfall—is putting water quality at risk in 40% of the contiguous U.S., including over 40 states.
winter runoff impacts on nutrient pollution has quickly progressed from rare or nonexistent to far worse than during other times of the year.
Learn more
University of Mississippi biologist’s findings could have impact on Gulf of Mexico’s “Dead Zone” - The Oxford Eagle
Do backwater lakes and wetlands help remove the excess load of nutrients? A University of Mississippi biologist is working to understand how the Mississippi River’s floodplain lakes and wetlands, or “backwaters,” might help remove nutrients that contribute to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, or as it’s more commonly known, the “Dead Zone.” Learn more

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