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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.


Like many research operations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a rebound year for the Water Sciences Laboratory (WSL). On the heels of a rocky 2020 that saw sharp declines in the number of samples analyzed, the lab corrected course last year, running more samples by the year’s end than...

This year NWC is joining partners from across three states around the future of the Platte River. The conference will bring together researchers, water, land and wildlife managers and community members to explore what has worked and how we hope to create a vibrant future for all along our beautiful...

By Crystal Powers, Research and Extension Communications Specialist, DWFI/NWC/Extension How do we foster actionable engagement with Nebraska’s water resources? By connecting with the issues Nebraskans care about! A national survey on How Americans Relate to Water found 9 in 10 people connect water...


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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.