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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.


Throughout 2020’s countless twists and turns, working to address nitrate challenges in Nebraska proved to be a constant. Well before the pandemic, NWC and partners in Nebraska Extension began convening leaders from across the state to explore newways to approach an old water challenge. When nitrate...

Around the world and across Nebraska, nitrogen fertilizer is regularly used to grow crops.   Some of this nitrogen is converted to nitrate that can be easily lost from the root zone, eventually contaminating ground and surface water. In addition to being harmful to human health, excess...

Learn firsthand about water science and analytical chemistry!  Come join our team at the Water Sciences Lab as a student intern. Description The laboratory intern will assist staff in Sample preparation methods  Routine analytical procedures General laboratory housekeeping Students are...


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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.