Water Center Awards USGS 104b Funds

By Steve Ress, 
Nebraska Water Center

The Nebraska Water Center awarded annual U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 104b project funds to four University of Nebraska-Lincoln research teams in November, for the coming 2015 fiscal year.

Projects selected for funding were required to pass a rigorous review by a panel of fellow academic and professional colleagues. For each of the four projects, the period of the funding grant is March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016

Projects selected for funding by the review committee are:

Design of Multi-Scale Soil Moisture Monitoring Networks in Agricultural Systems Using Hydrogeophysics, PI: Trenton Franz, UNL School of Natural Resources, $20,000.

Climate Variability and Decision Support Tool for Optimizing Yields with Limited Water Available for Irrigation, PI: Jane Okalebo, UNL School of Natural Resources, Co-PI: Kenneth Hubbard, UNL School of Natural Resources, $16,500.

Fate of Manure-Borne Antimicrobials Monensin, Lincomycin, and Sulfamethazine and Potential Effects to Nitrogen Transformation in Soil, PI: Daniel Snow, Nebraska Water Center, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory), Co-PI: Matteo D'Alessio, Nebraska Water Center/Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory, $20,000.

Development of Smart Alginate Hybrid Beads for Eco-Friendly Water Treatment, PI: Jaehong Shim, Visiting Scientist/Postdoctoral Assoc., UNL School of Natural Resources, Co-PI: Patrick Shea, UNL School of Natural Resources, $15,000.

Stipulations for awarding the funds, normally done annually, are based in part on the more than 50 Water Resources Research Institutes being required to "Plan, conduct, or otherwise arrange for competent applied and peer reviewed research that fosters - improvements in water supply reliability; exploration of new ideas that address water problems or expand understanding of water and water-related phenomena; the entry of new research scientists, engineers, and technicians into water resources fields; and the dissemination of research results to water managers and the public."

Program funds are issued under provisions of the federal Water Resources Research Act of 1984