Mission and Goals

Nebraska Water Center Mission Statement

NWC was established by Congressional mandate as one of 54 state-based Water Resources Research Institutes in 1964. We coordinate research and programs that support the University of Nebraska as an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach.

Our fundamental goals are to:

  • Coordinate a wide range of research impacting water issues
  • Foster a deeper understanding of water and its many beneficial uses
  • Help develop new water researchers
  • Train future water researchers and engineers
  • Extend water research results to water professionals and the public through publications, seminars and conferences, electronic media, lectures and tours

To achieve these goals, we:

  • Work collaboratively with the Water Resources Advisory Panel, NWC Advisory Board, University of Nebraska partners and local, state and federal stakeholders to direct and share research with water professionals and the public
  • Support research and extension activities by connecting faculty to external collaborators and stakeholders, fostering interdisciplinary teams, informing faculty of funding opportunities and providing grants
  • Aid new scientists through mentoring, seed grants and helping build their research portfolio
  • Train future leaders in water science and management through educational programming, professional development, internships and fellowships

NWC is part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Financial support for NWC and WSL comes from a combination of state, local and federal funding, as well as through partnerships with NGOs and industry.