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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.


By Gabrielle Boucher, NWC student intern Javed Iqbal is an assistant professor in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, with expertise in soil and water sciences. Through a USGS 104b grant, Iqbal is leading a project named “Monitoring of Nitrate Leaching at...

By IANR News Steve Thomas, a DWFI Faculty Fellow and river and stream ecologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, has been chosen to serve as the next president of the Society for Freshwater Science. The societies purpose “is to promote further understanding of...

The Water Sciences Lab (WSL) had a landmark year in 2020. The lab celebrated its 30th anniversary in style with new equipment, a renovated interior and commemorative publications. Then the global pandemic forced it to reconfigure operations. With numerous samples on deadline to be analyzed, WSL...


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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.