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1 University of Nebraska  Lincoln R School of Natural Resources Water Center Research Outreach and Extension Teaching

2 About the Water Center The Water Center implements and facilitates water and water-related research, extension, teaching and public outreach programming within the NU system. Has been operating since 1968, and was established as the Nebraska Water Resources Research Institute by Congressional mandate in 1964. The Water Center is part of the School of Natural Resources, and is located in Hardin Hall on UNL’s East Campus.

3 The NIWR Network The Water Center is one of 54 water resources research institutes forming a network at land grant universities nationwide. National Institutes for Water Resources The UNL Water Center is Nebraska’s water institute

4 Academic Programs Over 140 faculty in many departments work on water issues such as water quality, engineering, economics, agriculture, planning, policy & habitat. Work is often done collaboratively across disciplines and with public and private sector partners to address real- world water problems. Students can choose majors, internships & research opportunities to fit their interests. When it comes to preparing for a career related to water, there is no place like Nebraska!

5 Water Current – our free, quarterly newsletter Learn About: –Research updates –Conferences & events –New faculty and staff –New publications –Important legislation Sign Up Today!

6 Water Center Goals To develop and implement programs in water science and selected aspects of environmental studies associated with agriculture and natural resources; To establish and maintain appropriate linkages; To expand the financial resource base for both water and environmentally-related programs from private and governmental sources through aggressive grantsmanship. Programs include research, teaching, outreach and extension, and technology transfer.

7 Water Center Focus Areas Effects of pesticides on stream, lake and wetland ecosystems. Agricultural best management practices. Lake restoration through nontoxic chemicals. Groundwater denitrification. Improving irrigation technology. Measuring groundwater quality impacts from confined animal feeding operations. Annual tours, seminars and conferences. Information for students and the public.

8 Water Sciences Laboratory The Water Sciences Laboratory is part of the Water Center. Its mission to support environmental and water related research by providing technical services and expertise in analytical and isotopic methods. Director of laboratory services Dan Snow, UNL Vice Chancellor for Research Prem Paul and Nebraska Third District Congressman Adrian Smith tour the Water Sciences Laboratory in 2007.

9 Water Sciences Laboratory 6,000 square-foot facility Six laboratories housing state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation Computer & graduate student areas Specialized environmental & stable isotope mass spectrometers Wide range of analytical & sample preparation equipment available

10 Annual Events Coordinated by the Water Center Water Law, Policy & Science ConferenceSpring Water Seminar Series Water TourWater Colloquium

11 Water Resources Research Initiative WRRI seeks to strengthen the University of Nebraska’s efforts to be a key resource in:  Teaching  Research  Outreach and Extension in water sciences, water management, and water policy and law to serve Nebraska and to be recognized as a national and international leader in these areas.

12 Water Resources Research Initiative The WRRI promotes collaboration among research faculty in strength areas such as:  Groundwater hydrology  Water quality and emerging contaminants  Nonpoint source pollution and best management practices  Climate change  Irrigation  Drought prediction and mitigation  Remote sensing and GIS  Economics  Policy and law

13 ©2008 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved. Water Center School of Natural Resources 522 Hardin Hall 3310 Holdrege Street University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0979 Voice (402) 472-3305 Fax (402) 472-3610 Email: Web:

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