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About the Water Center

About the Water Center

The Water Resources Research Act of 1964 authorized the establishment of a water resources research and technology institute or center at a land-grant university in each state. As a result of the Water Resources Act, the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI, currently known as the Oklahoma Water Resources Center) was founded in 1965 at Oklahoma State University.

Located in the Division of Ag Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, the Center helps resolve water issues in Oklahoma by sponsoring research and disseminating the knowledge that results from it.

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We are Oklahoma. We are Water.

Take a quick look at some of the impacts that programs with Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources have made in Oklahoman's lives.

Established in 1965, the Water Center (formerly known as the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute) is one of 54 institutes/centers in the U.S. and a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources. Read more about the history of the Water Center.

The Water Center is supported through funds provided by U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment StationOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and the Thomas E. Berry Professorship.

People and Resources:

The Center enlists the help of 25 state, federal, tribal, and private organizations through its Water Research Advisory Board, which sets priorities and selects projects for funding through the Oklahoma Water Research Grants Program.

Our group of more than 80 faculty members, composed of faculty from more than 20 academic departments at OSU (including all nine academic departments in the Division) and Cooperative Extension personnel, represents the entire state of Oklahoma and has expertise in a wide variety of fields.

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  1. Support research on all topics related to understanding and managing Oklahoma water resources.
  2. Provide education and training opportunities for water specialists, professionals, and students.
  3. Outreach and information transfer in the Oklahoma water resource community.
  4. Facilitate team-building to provide solutions to water issues.