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Oklahoma Water Resources Center

The Oklahoma Water Resource Center helps resolve water issues in Oklahoma by sponsoring research and sharing the knowledge that results from it. The Water Resources Research Act of 1964 authorized the establishment of a water resources research and technology center or institute at a land-grant university in each state. As a result, the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (currently known as the Oklahoma Water Resources Center) was founded in 1965 at OSU within the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The center is now a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources.


OSU and The Groundwater Foundation Launch National Campaign

March 13, 2024

Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with the Groundwater Foundation, has launched a national campaign to bring awareness to groundwater access, education and industry training. At the center of the campaign — led by the College of Arts and Sciences and NGWA University Powered by OSU — is a televised public service announcement and resource-filled website that illustrate both the vitality of clean water and how populations often take it for granted.

Making the Water Well

January 2, 2024

The average depth of a water well in Oklahoma is 175 feet deep, according to Oklahoma State University Extension. However, not all wells are equal. OSU Extension in conjunction with the Oklahoma Water Resources Center provides free well water screenings to counties across Oklahoma. Kevin Wagner, director of OWRC, began this project in 2018.

OSU introduces Oklahoma Hydronet to improve water management

December 19, 2023

Oklahoma State University researchers have partnered with other state and federal entities to improve the management of water resources across the state. “We’re trying to create a world-class water monitoring network for our state to complement what we already have, which is a world-class meteorological network with the Oklahoma Mesonet,” said Tyson Ochsner, professor of plant and soil sciences in the Ferguson College of Agriculture.

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Dr. Kevin Wagner

Director and Thomas E. Berry Professorship in Water Research and Management

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