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Tuesday, December 11

Registration Desk Open
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

*Workshop 1: Great Lakes Big Rivers Climate
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
This workshop will help educators, conservation professionals, natural resource managers, and outreach professionals recommend management practices that respond to changes in climate. Topics include agriculture and natural resources, community development, human health, youth engagement in climate, and communicating about climate. More information on the workshop is listed in the draft agenda.

Organizers: North Central Climate Collaborative
Speakers: Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist; Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension; Natalie Carroll, Purdue Extension; Julie Doll, Michigan State University; Beth Hall, Midwest Regional Climate Center; Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension; Sam Lashley, National Weather Service; Rebecca North, University of Missouri; Kara Salazar, Purdue Extension; Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension; Derrick Snyder, National Weather Service; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension; Dennis Todey, USDA Midwest Climate Hub; Andrea Webster, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute; Melissa Widhalm, Purdue Climate Change Research Center; Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension; Molly Woloszyn, Midwest Drought Early Warning System

*Workshop 2: NextGen Youth Water Leadership
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
This workshop will feature discussion and planning for youth water outreach programming in the North Central Region. Amy Timmerman of University of Nebraska Extension will share the results of the North Central Region Water Network–funded youth water education needs assessment. Justin Hougham of the University of Wisconsin-Extension will share details about an innovative youth water program connecting youth with science and the outdoors by using modern mobile technology tools. Discussion groups will unpack this information to enhance current programming, share ideas for incorporating water into youth programs, and form teams to develop new programs.

Organizers: Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Justin Hougham, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension
Speakers: Kelly Feehan, Nebraska Extension; Justin Hougham, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Katie Pekarek, Nebraska Extension; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension

*Workshop 3: Conservation Finance
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
To achieve desired conservation and water quality goals, conservation professionals increasingly need the knowledge and skills to bring a diversity of funding sources together. This workshop will examine a variety of different strategies for funding conservation efforts and explore how nontraditional funding sources and partnerships can lead to more sustainable watershed management efforts across the North Central Region.

Organizers: Rebecca Power, North Central Region Water Network; Roger Wolf, Iowa Soybean Association
Speakers: Adam Kiel, Iowa Soybean Association; Leigh Whelpton, Conservation Finance Network

*North Central Region Water Network Harmful Algal Bloom Project Team Meeting
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
This meeting is for members of the North Central Region Water Network’s Harmful Algal Bloom project team.

*Welcome Reception and Conservation Trivia
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us at Sahm’s Ale House Monon for a social and conservation trivia! Welcoming remarks by Jason Henderson of Purdue Extension and Curtis Knueven of the SWCS Hoosier Chapter. More information

Wednesday, December 12

Registration Desk Open
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Morning Coffee and Light Breakfast
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Forum Kickoff and Morning Plenary – One Water in Action
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
This plenary will introduce the One Water concept and feature a panel discussing different perspectives on One Water, examples of One Water at work across the region, and opportunities and challenges to using the One Water approach. Speakers include:

  • Michael Carlin, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and US Water Alliance Board President
  • Ron Graber, Kansas State Research and Extension
  • Joe Hogsett, Mayor of the City of Indianapolis – invited
  • Mark Kesling, The da Vinci Pursuit
  • Trisha Moore, Kansas State University
  • Dawn White, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Morning Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

One Water Community Conversation
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about each other and the experiences and perspectives we bring to the One Water conversation. We will explore what drives our commitment to land and water stewardship, the successes we can build on, and what we’re hoping to come away with to strengthen our individual work and the One Water movement across the Midwest. Plenary panelists will share their reflections on the conversation to wrap up the session.

12:00 PM – 1:00PM

Concurrent Working Sessions
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Working sessions will share new knowledge or perspectives, and allow time for attendees to discuss opportunities and challenges to approaching specific water topics in a more integrated, inclusive and sustainable manner. Working sessions will also provide time for participants to explore how we can establish creative collaborations addressing water-related issues moving forward.

Sustainable Water Supplies: Preserving and Conserving a Critical Resource Overcoming Challenges through Innovative Ideas: Climate Collaboration Experiences in Implementing Soil Health Practices to Change Water Quality
Organizers: Scott Berry, US Water Alliance; Dan Devlin, Kansas State University; Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University Extension

Speakers: Jeremiah Asher, Michigan State University; Bill Golden, Kansas State University; Jen Schmitz, Triangle J Council of Governments

Organizers: North Central Climate Collaborative

Speakers: James Rattling Leaf, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance; Molly Woloszyn, Midwest Drought Early Warning System

Organizers: Soil Health Nexus

Speakers: Kevin Allison, Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District; Ann Lewandowski, University of Minnesota Water Resources Center; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension

Afternoon Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Concurrent Working Sessions
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Water Infrastructure Engaging the Next Generation of Water Stewards Watershed Management
Organizers: Scott Berry, US Water Alliance, and Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University Organizers: Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Outreach and Extension; Justin Hougham, University of Wisconsin Extension; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension

Speakers: Dan Downing, University of Missouri Extension; Kelly Feehan, Nebraska Extension; Justin Hougham, University of Wisconsin Extension; Katie Pekarek, Nebraska Extension; Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension

Organizers and Speakers: Clare Lindahl, Soil and Water Conservation Society; Rebecca Power, North Central Region Water Network; Roger Wolf, Iowa Soybean Association

Nutrient Reduction Game
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The nutrient reduction game was developed by Jane Frankenberger of Purdue University and has since been adapted by the Iowa Soybean Association and others. The game helps individuals experience and analyze the kinds of changes needed to significantly reduce nutrients from agricultural land. In the spirit of One Water, help us pilot a new version of the nutrient reduction game that has both rural and urban components. The name of the game: working together to reduce water pollution using the resources allotted! This game is free of charge, but registration is required. More information

Exhibitor and Poster Reception
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This reception offers a prime opportunity to visit with exhibitors. Attendees may view posters and hear from the authors. This is also a great time to connect with potential business associates and reconnect with colleagues. A selection of appetizers will be served, along with a cash bar. A ticket for this event is included with full forum registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests at the registration table, if available.

Thursday, December 13

Registration Desk Open
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Morning Coffee and Light Breakfast
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Morning Plenary – Reconnecting the Dots: New Strategies for One Water
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
This plenary will focus on new connections and new ways of doing business across nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors that are leading to more sustainable, inclusive, integrated approaches to water management. Speakers include:

  • Alyssa Charney, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Ellen Gilinsky, Ellen Gilinsky, LLC
  • Tracy Mehan, American Water Works Association Government Affairs Office
  • Roger Wolf, Iowa Soybean Association

Morning Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Concurrent Working Sessions
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

My Water: Connecting Farmers, Communities, and the Public to Source Water Protection Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Water Outreach, Research and Management Nutrient Management and Harmful Algal Blooms
Organizers: Soil and Water Conservation Society

Speakers: Bridget Durst, Conservation Districts of Iowa; Elizabeth Lillard, National Wildlife Federation; Erin Meier, Green Lands Blue Waters; Jason Overby, Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water System

Organizers: Scott Berry, US Water Alliance; Rebecca Power, North Central Region Water Network

Speakers: Constance Haqq, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Jeremiah Jackson Jr, University of Wisconsin Extension; Carla Walker, Think BIG Strategies, LLC

Organizers: Dan Downing, University of Missouri Extension; Melissa Miller, Iowa Water Center; Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University Extension

Speakers: Donna Brandt, University of Missouri; Igor Mrdjen, Grand Valley State University; Rebecca North, University of Missouri

Morning Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Afternoon Plenary Session and Lunch
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Working session leaders will share highlights from their respective conversations. Discussion will focus on commonalities between different conversations, goals for the future, and the One Water agenda for the North Central Region moving forward.

Forum Adjourns
12:30 PM

*Indiana Conservation Tour
1:00 PM
Join the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Purdue Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the daVinci Pursuit on a tour of One Water concepts in action. This half day tour will showcase unique partnerships in the Cicero Creek Watershed, including a collaboration to protect the water quality of Morse Reservoir, which supplies water to the city of Indianapolis. Hear from both agricultural and municipal groups that have banded together to do research, plan, monitor, and advocate for the health of their watershed. The last hour will be spent on a guided walk through Oliver’s Woods, a 53-acre nature preserve in the middle of this bustling metropolitan center. Learn about the partnership that made this preserve possible, participate in a fun art activity, and hear about the distinctive biodiversity of this area along the White River.

Organizers: The da Vinci Pursuit, the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Purdue Extension


  • 1:00 PM – Depart Outside the Sheraton Hotel
  • 1:40 PM – Beck’s Hybrids Headquarters
  • 2:35 PM – Morse Reservoir
  • 3:50 PM – Oliver Wood’s Nature Preserve
  • 5:00 PM – Arrive at the Sheraton Hotel

 *Not included in standard registration. Additional fees may apply and ticket(s) required to attend.