Oklahoma Water Resources Center

About the Water Center

Former director, Dr. Garey Fox, explains the structure and function of the Water Center. The Oklahoma Water Resources Center is the center of water-related research and extension activities in Oklahoma. 

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Established in 1965, the Water Center (formerly known as the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute) is one of 54 institutes/centers in the U.S. and a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Located in the Division of Ag Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, the Center helps resolve water issues in Oklahoma by sponsoring research and disseminating the knowledge that results from it. The research is funded through grants from the United States Geological Survey.

People and Resources:

The Center enlists the help of 24 state, federal, tribal, and private organizations through its Water Research Advisory Board, which sets priorities and selects projects for funding.

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Our group of more than 80 faculty members, composed of faculty from 11 academic departments at OSU (including all nine academic departments in the Division) and Cooperative Extension personnel, represents the entire state of Oklahoma and has expertise in plants, soils, and ecosystems; water conservation; land use and water quality; and economics and policy.

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The Water Center is supported through funds provided by USGS, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment StationOklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and the Thomas E. Berry Professorship.


  1. Support research on all topics related to understanding and managing Oklahoma water resources.
  2. Provide education and training opportunities for water specialists, professionals, and students.
  3. Outreach and information transfer in the Oklahoma water resource community.
  4. Facilitate team-building to provide solutions to water issues.
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