Oklahoma Water Resources Center

World Water Day Celebration at OSU 2017


When Mar 22, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Ag Hall 009; Botanic Gardens at OSU
Contact Name
Contact Phone 405-744-5615
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The Oklahoma Water Resources Center celebrated United Nations World Water Day on March 22nd. This year's theme was “Wastewater.”

  • The costs of wastewater management are greatly out-weighed  by  the  benefits  to  human  health,  economic development  and  environmental  sustainability  –  providing  new  business  opportunities  and  creating  more ‘green’ jobs.
  • Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.

World Water Day 2017 Factsheet: Why waste water?



8:30-9:30 Seminar (AGH 009)


Dr. Keith Owen, Associate Vice President of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station at Oklahoma State University

3-minute FlashTalks:

DASNR Water Program Award Recipients

  • The Oklahoma Onsite Wastewater Treatment Professional Education Program (Sergio Abit)
  • Irrigation Management and Optimization (Jason Warren)

2016-2018 Berry Fellows

  • Improved seasonal streamflow forecasts to inform surface water management in Oklahoma (Tyson Ochsner)
  • Using Oklahoma-sourced Biochar for Removal of Pesticides in Runoff (Jason Vogel)

2015-2017 Berry Fellows

  • Youth Water Education and Water Fairs (Cheryl Newberry)
  • Field Deployable Water Filtration System with Bioinformatics and Pyrosequencing for Effective Monitoring and Survey of Water-Borne Viruses (Francisco Ochoa-Corona)
  • On-Farm Subsurface Drip Irrigation: How does Soil Type Impact Efficiency and Management (Jason Warren)
  • The Application of Fly Ash to Treat Storm Water around Poultry Houses (Glenn Brown) 

USGS 104(b) Oklahoma Competitive Water Grants Program Recipients

  • Algal Remediation of Waste Water Produced during Hydraulic Fracturing (Nurhan Dunford)
  • Western Oklahoma Irrigation Water and Energy Audits: Findings, Recommendations and Educational Materials (Scott Frazier)
  • Evaluating the Reuse of Swine Lagoon Effluent and Recycled Municipal Water for Agricultural Production (Hailin Zhang)

9:45-10:15 Wastewater/Produced Water Presentation (AGH 009)

Emerging Challenges in
Produced Water Management

(presentation by Dr. Lampert, 3/22)

Dr. David Lampert covered four aspects of Emerging Challenges in Produced Water Management.

  1. Oil and gas production background (PDF, video)
  2. Environmental impacts of oil and gas production (PDF, video)
  3. Challenges associated with produced water reuse and recycling (PDF, video)
  4. Produced water treatment technologies (PDF, video)
  5. Read the entire presentation.

Late-Morning OSU Wastewater Facilities

1:00-2:00 City of Stillwater Wastewater Facilities Tour

  • The City of Stillwater’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Division is responsible for the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater discharged by city residents, campus, commercial, and industrial users. After several treatment methods are used, the reclaimed water is discharged to a receiving stream. The remaining solids are processed through a 10 MGD activated sludge treatment facility and eventually spread over fields owned by the City adjacent to the WWTP. The level of treatment and effluent quality for both the liquid and solids streams surpass EPA and ODEQ mandates, which are in place to protect the receiving stream and downstream communities.
  • A one-hour tour will be given by WWTP Superintendent, Lou Ann Fisher
  • Transportation not provided. Participants will need to make their own way to and from the WWTP, located at 2520 S. Brush Creek Road, about 15-20 minutes southeast of campus. (map to 2520 S Brush Creek Rd.)
  • Participants must wear closed, sturdy shoes.

2:30-4:30 Water Expo

  • The Water Expo will be on the Engineering South Lawn.
  • Several student groups will come together with educational booths, competitions, and prizes. Here's what's happening:
    • Stream trailer demonstration and water filter contest (Biosystems & Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Association)
    • Demonstrate non-point source pollution with Enviroscape (Society for Environmental Scientists)
    • Pedal tractor pulling/racing competition (Cowboy Motorsports)
    • Heron's fountain interactive demonstration (Cowboy Waterworks)
    • Trivia game with water balloons (American Fisheries Society)
    • Display info regarding water waste from leaking faucets and long showers (Eco-Reps)
    • Learn about water-related activities and events of ESC (Environmental Science Club)
    • Irrigation demonstration (Turf Club)
    • Recyclable Boat Races (US Green Building Council)

What a great Day! Thursday starts the 2017 Student Water Conference!