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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.


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.

Water for 2060 Winners Announced at the 2023 Governor's Water Conference

December 5, 2023

Four new winners were recognized on November 30 for the Oklahoma Water for 2060 Excellence Award, signed by Governor Kevin Stitt and presented by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board during the annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference in Norman.

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Dr. Kevin Wagner

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

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