Water Sciences Laboratory


Water Sciences Laboratory


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The Water Sciences Laboratory’s mission is to provide technology, expertise, services, and training in advanced analytical science supporting today’s water and natural resources students, researchers, and stakeholders. The Lab is part of the Nebraska Water Center.



WSL News

Each year, the Nebraska Water Center produces and funds research through various grant opportunities. In 2022, the Nebraska Water Center and Water Sciences Laboratory received over $3.5 million in grant funding to support research and related efforts. Some of these key awards are outlined below....

Photo Credit: Bayley Bischof/KOLN Dr. Dan Snow, Director of the Water Sciences Laboratory, was interviewed by 1011 News to share the lab’s work in nitrate research in Nebraska.  In addition to unique methods made possible by staff expertise, the Water Sciences Laboratory is one of the only...

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, contaminating ground and surface water. In addition to being harmful to human health, excess nitrate in drinking...


Client Portal

The Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory Client Services portal is for current and potential clients of the lab, a current user of the laboratory facilities or those seeking information about lab training. If you are not a current user of the lab, and would like to learn more, please contact us.

Our Laboratory

The lab is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. The facility opened in the summer of 1990 to provide a convenient working environment for collaborative research on water-related projects. The lab is run by a technically skilled staff who together perform 140 analytical methods on $3 million worth of equipment for a spectrum of clients. Learn more

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Training New Scientists

The lab has become an incubator for young water scientists, training 25 students in 2018 alone. Learn more

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Developing Methods

The lab staff are able to perform 140 analytical methods on $3 million worth of equipment for a spectrum of clients.

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Supporting Water Research

WSL analytical services support university research projects with funding from various agencies.

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