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The Nebraska Water Center is
part of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congressional mandate as one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes in 1964, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach.


Photo Credit: Jaiden Tripi, Journal Star Dr. Chittaranjan Ray, Nebraska Water Center Director, joins the City of Lincoln and water resource specialists in the search for a secondary water source for Lincoln. The City’s existing infrastructure for clean, safe drinking water consists of wells built...

October 24-27, 2022Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska Platte River Basin Conference and Playa Research SymposiumBraided Paths: Science, Policy, and Culture More details coming soon.

NWC trekked across the state to host its annual Nebraska Water Conference in 2021. Titled “The Shape of Water in Western Nebraska,” the conference was held August 16 at UNL's Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The daylong event attracted 90 participants and featured...


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The Water Sciences Laboratory has been providing professional services to businesses, academic researchers, and government entities since the early 1990s. Our client-base is diverse - just as the projects we are involved with.

The Water Sciences Laboratory (WSL) was established as a core research facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as part of the Nebraska Water Center in 1990. The facility was created to enhance and support NU water research as a state-of-the-art laboratory that could provide technical services and expertise in analytical and isotopic methods.

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The Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems.