A monthly e-newsletter from the North Central Region Water Network
November 2021 
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Network News

Welcome back! We hope you all had a warm and abundant Thanksgiving holiday and were able to rest and recharge surrounded by friends and family. As we head into the busy month of December, we hope you can fit some virtual water-related events into your schedule - such as the Soil Health Nexus' upcoming Digital Cafe on using soil stability maps to improve management and the Algal Bloom Action Team's Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Reserach Symposium!
As for the Network, we are already planning our work and looking ahead for 2022 and hoping to see more of your smiling faces in-person in the year ahead.
-Rebecca Power, Network Director and Anne Nardi, Network Communications

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Upcoming event from the Algal Bloom Action Team
2nd Annual Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium

January 6-7, 2022
January 6-7, 2022, the Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting a free Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Research Symposium.  Last year’s event brought together over 890 educators and researchers from across the US to hear the latest HAB research and discussed ongoing outreach efforts.

The agenda for this year's symposium is now out, and will feature emergent harmful algal bloom research on HAB Monitoring and Ecology, Cyanotoxin Treatment and Detection, Forecasting and Modeling HABs, and Emerging Technology for Detecting and Monitoring HABs. Register here
Indian Lake in Wisconsin

Network Spotlight
North Central Region Water Network and partners will help close the financial information gap in conservation ag

The North Central Region Water Network is excited to be working alongside partners from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Minnesota Water Resources Center, Compeer Financial, and Croatan Institute on a new grant aimed at creating educational resources on the financial impacts of conservation professionals. Read on
Butterfly on native plant

Leadership Spotlight
Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance proves the power of citizen science

At the crossroads of property values and natural resources stands citizen science, a place where people passionate about their homes gather together to preserve and protect. They are not widely known as first responders, and they certainly don’t wear badges. They do, however, respond when called, and they make a difference every day. Read on

In The News

Upcoming Events

Problem with Plastics

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11AM CT 
Plastics are playing an increasingly large role in our lives. The Lake Superior Collaborative will be hosting this webinar to explore the pros and cons of plastics, how they impact human and environmental health, why they can be hard to avoid, and steps to reduce alliance on them. The webinar will feature Leah Holloway, a Program Manager at the Milwaukee Riverkeeper. 
Learn more

Hypoxia Task Force Public Meeting

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 9AM-1:40PM CT

Meeting agenda will be coming soon. Sign up to make public comments by December 8. Registration is due by December 10. Learn more
Missouri Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 14-15, 2021, 9AM-Noon CT

This two-day conference will cover the latest approaches with cover crop management, grazing of cover crops, soil health measurement, carbon payment programs, and strategies for boosting soil health.
Learn more
Annual Discovery Farms Conference
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

This years conference will focus on balancing water quality trade-offs from farm management decisions, as well as about new studies and technologies that will help when making nitrogen decisions for Wisconsin's waters.
Learn more
NCA5 Midwest Chapter Public Engagement Workshop
Friday, January 24, 2022
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the authors of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) are hosting a series of virtual public engagement workshops to inform development of this federal climate report. These workshops are free and open to the public. The information gathered in this workshop will help authors decide which topics to cover in their chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. Government report on how climate change affects people and places in the United States. Learn more

Funding and Opportunities

Great Lakes Program Coordinator with The Nature Conservancy
The Great Lakes Program Coordinator is a proactive convener and collaborator with great attention to detail and timely communication skills. This is a flexible position within any of the Great Lake States. Closing date is December 10, 2021.  
Learn more

Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters grant - MSU Extension
Grant funding is available for organizations to support aquatic invasive species outreach efforts and the protection of Michigan's waterways. Closing date is December 17, 2021. 
Learn more

Enhanced Aquifer Recharge (EAR) management strategy funding - EPA
The EPA is seeking applications for research to develop cost-benefit tools to support EAR as a managment strategy. Closing date is January 13, 2022.
Learn more

Diversity project strives for resiliency - Agri-View

Making Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape is the aim of a new $10 million project that’s being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project is led by Purdue University with several partner institutions involved. Read on

2021 Lake Erie algal bloom more severe than scientists predicted - Fremont News Messenger

The 2021 cyanobacterial bloom surpassed scientists' predictions in June and ended up measuring a 6.0, or moderately severe, on a HAB severity index (SI), according to a NOAA release.
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