Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Strive to improve water quality and sustainable water use through research, education & training. invested in water resources research, education and outreach.

Established in 1965, the Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) is one of 54 institutes/centers in the U.S. Although headquartered at Oklahoma State University, the OWRC serves the entire state of Oklahoma. The OWRC strives to achieve high water quality and sustainable use of our region’s water through integrated programs of research, education, training and technical assistance.

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01/08/2024

What on earth is an earthen dam?

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists research earth dams that provide water storage and flood protection & help translate to guidance documents, prediction software and engineering tools that USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service engineers use to design and analyze these structures.

01/05/2024

The deadline is extended! Don’t miss out and get your grant applications in today!

The Spotty Rain Campaign encourages youth and families in the Great Plains to become volunteer Drought Monitors. We are excited to announce funding opportunities for rural and small libraries to develop and host citizen science programs in their communities.

To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/47jGMel

Volume 26, Number 1 - Winter/Spring 2024 01/05/2024

"Everyone should have access to clean, safe drinking water. It is a basic human need," said Tyson Ochsner.

Our Oklahoma Well Owner Network project was highlighted in the most recent volume of the OSU Cowboy Journal! We highly recommend you checking out page 45 for an look into OWON in an article written by Landri Chaplin.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/3S43Pp3
Learn more about OWON here: https://bit.ly/40yfBed

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01/03/2024

How can virtual fencing protect water?

πŸ’§ Lowered streambank degradation and soil compaction
πŸ’§ Improved plant vigor and vegetation composition
πŸ’§ Lessened risk of channel widening, aggradation or lowering of the water table
πŸ’§ Reduced changes in water quality and stream morphology
πŸ’§ Mitigated damage of aquatic life

Learn more about the virtual fencing project: https://bit.ly/3N4YvPD

01/01/2024

Our next β€œWater You Talking About?” seminar will be held on Jan. 18, Jeff Sadler, an OSU Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Assistant Professor, will present on Opportunities for AI in Water in Oklahoma.

Register here: https://bit.ly/487xwe6

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University

OSU introduces Oklahoma Hydronet to improve water management - Oklahoma State University 12/23/2023

β€œWe’re trying to create a world-class water monitoring network for our state to complement what we already have, which is a world-class meteorological network with the Oklahoma Mesonet,” said Tyson Ochsner, professor of plant and soil sciences in the Ferguson College of Agriculture.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Hydronet, the monitoring system that will measure water stored in soil, aquifers and reservoirs here:

OSU introduces Oklahoma Hydronet to improve water management - Oklahoma State University The Hydronet system will also measure water stored in soil, aquifers and reservoirs.

12/21/2023

Another month of water news delivered straight to your email!

December Splash featured:
πŸ’§ Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference Poster Winners
πŸ’§ Master Irrigator Program Award & information
πŸ’§ STEM Education in OKC
πŸ’§ And so much more!

Don't miss out on the next one, sign up at https://bit.ly/47aJtzL

12/20/2023

Project Update!

Preliminary data from the Regenerative Ag Project suggests:

πŸ’§ Lessened runoff in plots with cover crops.

πŸ’§ Lowered total phosphorus concentration in runoff in plots with cover crops.

Want to learn more about the project? Click here: https://bit.ly/3R4QSec

12/18/2023

Have you signed up for the next Master Irrigator Program?

Join us on January 30, February 6, 13, and 20 for the fourth edition of the Master Irrigator Program in Woodward, OK. The program includes classroom training, peer-to-peer exchange of information between producers, field demonstrations, and free-of-charge services such as energy audits through mobile irrigation laboratories.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/4160mt7

12/15/2023

Did you know?

OK-HAWQS allows researchers to do some pretty cool things, like:
πŸ’§ Evaluate the long-term impacts of climate change on stream flows
πŸ’§ Quickly assess the water quality benefits of best management practices
πŸ’§ Identifying priority areas for conservation practice implementation

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3uZYx5a

Oklahoma Well Owner Network adding libraries to its mix - Oklahoma State University 12/14/2023

🌟 Project update 🌟

The Oklahoma Well Owner Network has expanded to libraries after receiving the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Rural Health and Safety Education grant. One in eight Americans get their drinking water from a private well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but privately owned wells are not regulated by federal or state governments. The Oklahoma Well Owner Network was created in 2022 as a way for county Extension educators to provide well water screening events and other educational materials to Oklahoma well owners.

Read the full article at

Oklahoma Well Owner Network adding libraries to its mix - Oklahoma State University With a new grant, the program has expanded to include two water well screenings per year in seven rural counties.

12/13/2023

Project Update!

Our researchers have been out in the field collecting more data for the Conjunctive Freshwater Saltwater Management! This project employs continuous monitoring of water salinity in streams and groundwater wells in southwest Oklahoma, along with monthly sample analysis of salts and watershed scale modeling to evaluate the use of blended freshwater and saline (or brackish) water to stretch water supplies in the region.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3QzmOG0

12/12/2023

Save the date!

Oklahoma Well Owners Network is hosting a drinking water testing event TOMORROW in Greer County this week!

πŸ’§ Canadian County | December 13, 2023 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Canadian County Educational Building | 220 N Country Club Road, El Reno, OK 73036

πŸ’§ Forest Park | December 13, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Forest Park City Hall | 4208 N Coltrane Rd., Forest Park, OK 73121

For more information visit https://bit.ly/40yfBed

PEER2PEER 2023 Fellow: Nof Afghani 12/11/2023

We would like to introduce Nof Afghani, a 2023 PEER2PEER Fellow!

Nof spent the last month with the Department of Biosystem and Agriculture Engineering at Oklahoma State University with Dr. Mirchi and his team of PhD researchers. Afghani spent the month exploring the different aspects of agroecosystem modeling done at OSU while improving professional skills and networking.

PEER2PEER is a project set to explore solutions to the issue of managing transboundary water with a goal of synergizing research initiatives, sharing data and tools and fostering collaboration through aspects like fellowships.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University

PEER2PEER 2023 Fellow: Nof Afghani

12/08/2023

Did you know our partners at USDA Agricultural Research Service measure erosion rates with survey equipment?

The information gathered in their embankment research will eventually be used to update prediction software and guidance documents for more than 2,100 earthen floodwater control dams.

Photos from Oklahoma Water Resources Center's post 12/07/2023

The Southeast Oklahoma Library System (SEOLS) teamed up with the OWRC on more citizen science in the library!

The team visited the McAlester Public Library and Coal County Public Library last month to collect well water samples for an Oklahoma Well Owner Network event while spreading awareness about groundwater and water safety. Through the SEOLS partnership and Spotty Rain collaboration, there are several citizen science opportunities both virtual and in-person available.

For more information, or to apply to the open library grants, please visit https://bit.ly/3R7RDSA.

Southeast Oklahoma Library System McAlester Public Library Coal County Public Library

Photos from Oklahoma Water Resources Center's post 12/06/2023

Last week, the Master Irrigator's Program was awarded the Water for 2060 Excellence Award which recognizes exceptional contributions to the promotion and implementation of water conservation, reuse, and efficiency.

Master Irrigator was recognized for the promotion of water conservation and efficiency through advanced training for agriculture producers on irrigation scheduling, crop management, and the economics of irrigated agriculture. Out of the 68 graduates, they represent 160,000 irrigated and dryland acres throughout the three events hosted since the launch in 2021.

The upcoming Master Irrigator Program will be held in January and February 2024. Visit https://bit.ly/4160mt7 for more information!

12/05/2023

Save the date!

Oklahoma Well Owners Network is hosting a drinking water testing event TOMORROW in Greer County this week!

πŸ’§ Greer County | December 6, 2023 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Mangum Welcome Center | 119 W. Jefferson, Mangum, OK 73554

For more information visit https://bit.ly/40yfBed

12/04/2023

Through our Virtual Fencing project, our goal is to research the implications of Virtual Fencing on improving water quality and stream health. Here are some ways Virtual Fencing aids in water health:
πŸ’§Promotes good vegetation cover along streambanks, preventing erosion and destabilization of streambanks.
πŸ’§Reduces bacteria levels through prevention of livestock defecation within streams.
πŸ’§Enhances the health of grasslands, which increases water infiltration into soil and filtering of runoff
Learn more about our Virtual Fencing project: https://bit.ly/3N4YvPD

12/01/2023

Congratulations to the Poster Winners from the 2023 Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium!

πŸ’§ Dilip Neupane

πŸ’§ Afsaneh Kaghazchi

πŸ’§ Cheyenne Morgan

We appreciate your hard work in water research and wish you luck in your future research!

Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Photos from Oklahoma Water Resources Center's post 11/30/2023

Thats a wrap! The 2023 Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium is officially over.

Today's events:
πŸ’§ Water for 2060 Excellence Awards Presentation
πŸ’§ Perspectives from Business & Industry Organization Leaders
πŸ’§ Research Symposium Concurrent Session: Groundwater Assessment and Outreach
πŸ’§ Research Symposium Concurrent Session: Making the Case for Investment in Water Resources

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity next year! Follow along for information on the 2024 GWC!

Photos from Oklahoma Water Resources Center's post 11/29/2023

The 2023 Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium in Norman, OK has officially started!

Today's events:
πŸ’§ Research Symposium: Poster Presentations
πŸ’§ Perspectives from Oklahoma Legislators
πŸ’§ Keynote: Water Reuse and Stormwater Management
πŸ’§ Research Symposium Concurrent Session: Understanding and Improving Climate Resiliency
πŸ’§ Research Symposium Concurrent Session: Student Water Research Lightening Talks
πŸ’§ And more!

Attendees have the opportunity to network with other water experts and professionals as well as resources and sessions that cover ongoing research and outreach efforts in the state. Don't miss out, stop by tomorrow!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/4146iTy

11/28/2023

Save the dates!

Oklahoma Well Owners Network is hosting TWO drinking water testing events in Blaine and Murray County this week!

πŸ’§ Blaine County | November 29, 2023 | 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Blaine County Conservation District Office | 221 E. Main St., Watonga, OK 73772
*A collaborative event with Blue Thumb, please contact Blaine County Conservation District 580-623-8501 ext. 101 for more information
πŸ’§ Murray County Telehealth Pod Grand Opening and Health Fair | December 1, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Mary E. Parker Memorial Library | 500 West Broadway, Sulphur, OK 73086

For more information visit https://water.okstate.edu/our-work/oklahoma-well-owner-network.html

Southeast Oklahoma Library System
Blaine County Conservation District
Oklahoma Blue Thumb

11/27/2023

How are you keeping up with Water in the News?

November's Splash featured:
πŸ’§ Upcoming Water Seminar Series Information
πŸ’§ Information on Irrigation Programs
πŸ’§ OWRC Presentations and Publications
πŸ’§ And so much more!

Let us deliver the news straight to you, sign up at https://bit.ly/47aJtzL

11/22/2023

Cover Crops – What can they do for water?

The OWRC is participating in field research of cover crops through our Regenerative Agriculture project. The study of winter wheat being used as a cover crop between cotton production to understand how they perform in a Southern United States climate with less rainfall. Cover crops can:
πŸ’§ Aid in reducing soil erosion between production periods
πŸ’§ Protect downstream water quality after runoff events
πŸ’§ Help increase infiltration through organic matter

Learn more about our project: https://bit.ly/3R4QSec

11/21/2023

Did you know the DAMTAGS project covers over 2,100 earthen floodwater control dams like the one at Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater?

The Oklahoma Water Resources Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are working to create engineering tools, guidance documents and computer software to monitor, inspect, and rehabilitate these dams.

11/18/2023

The Spotty Rain Campaign encourages youth and families in the Great Plains to become volunteer Drought Monitors. We are excited to announce funding opportunities for rural and small libraries to develop and host citizen science programs in their communities. Applications for these 2024 grants are now open!

To learn more, visit https://www.spottyrain.org/funding.html

11/18/2023

Did you know?

Through the Conjunctive Freshwater Saltwater Management Program, OWRC and partners are working to improve water availability by studying the potential implications of blending saline water and freshwater for irrigation, while being able to keep the salinity below levels that could harm crops or soils.

Ultimately, the program will determine the feasibility of this concept and the extent it can help to stretch water supplies in Southwest Oklahoma with out impacting soils, crops or water quality.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3QzmOG0

11/16/2023

Today is National Rural Health Day!

One step you can take in protecting your health is testing your drinking water. Did you know that the Oklahoma Well Owner Network provides free-well water testing to rural counties throughout Oklahoma?

To learn more about OWON and water testing visit https://bit.ly/40yfBed

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