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Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Web Links

Use the following links to browse these resources:

Water Quality links
Water Conservation links
Water Scarcity links
Climate & Weather links
Drought
Ecosystems links
Student Organizations at OSU
OSU sites
Other Oklahoma sites
Other National sites

 

Water Quality links

  • Water Quality Programs (OSU)
  • Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (OSU)
    • SWFAL provides valuable information that helps citizens protect and utilize their soil, water, animal manure, and forage resources efficiently and effectively.
      Visit www.soiltesting.okstate.edu.
  • Manure and Animal Waste Management (OSU)
    • Manure may cause surface and groundwater pollution if mismanaged. The key to a proper management is to determine the nutrient content of the manure, the percentages of those nutrients that are available to crops, and the nutrient requirements of the crop at a realistic yield goal.
      Visit www.animalwaste.okstate.edu.
  • Poultry Waste Management (OSU)
    • This website is designed to provide information to persons who are required to obtain initial and annually updated poultry waste management training.
      Visit www.poultrywaste.okstate.edu.
  • NPK (OSU)
    • This site is constructed to contain producer-friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application.
      Visit npk.okstate.edu.
  • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program (OSU)
    • Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program conducted by University Extension designed to help county extension centers meet the demands for consumer horticulture information.
      Visit www.hortla.okstate.edu/hortla/mastergardener.htm.
  • Pesticide Disposal (OSU)
    • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is funding a yearly program to collect and properly dispose of unwanted pesticides that farmers, commercial applicators, or dealers have.
      Visit pested.okstate.edu/unwanted.
  • Waste Management Engineering (OSU)
    • A web site that discusses ways to use "undervalued byproducts." Waste management entails materials handling, systems operations, and waste treatment.
      Visit osuwastemanage.bae.okstate.edu.
  • Low Impact Development Web Site (OSU)
    • Low Impact Development (LID) is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach. This site provides information on pervious pavement, rain gardens, and rainwater harvesting, all practices that improve water quality.
      Visit lid.okstate.edu.
  • Non-Agricultural Soils Web Site (OSU)
  • Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center (OU)
    • MISSION: To help solve drinking water and sanitation challenges for impoverished regions in developing countries through innovative teaching and research initiatives.
      Visit www.coe.ou.edu/water.
  • Oklahoma's Blue Thumb Program (OCC)
  • Rainwater Harvesting (TAMU)
    • Harvesting rainwater can reduce your water bill, demands on the water supply, and stormwater runoff, which may improve the water quality of the surrounding watershed.
      Visit rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu.
  • Water Data for the Nation (USGS)
  • National Water Quality Assessment Program (USGS)
    • This program provides an understanding of water-quality conditions, whether conditions are getting better or worse over time, and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.
      Visit water.usgs.gov/nawqa.
    • NAWQA Program report “Quality of Water from Domestic Wells in the United States” (USGS)
      (water.usgs.gov/nawqa/studies/domestic_wells)
    • NAWQA Program report “Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Ground Water, 1992–2001” (USGS)
      (pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2005/1291)
  • Toxic Substances Hydrology Program (USGS)
  • Report on Nutrients in the Eucha-Spavinaw Basin (USGS)
    • This report provides information needed to advance knowledge of the regional hydrologic system and understanding of hydrologic processes, and provides hydrologic data and results useful to multiple parties for interstate compacts.
      Visit pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5250.
  • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) Agricultural Environmental Management Services (AEMS; USGS)
    • This agency develops, coordinates, and oversees environmental policies and programs. Visit www.ok.gov/~okag/aems.
  • National Ground Water Association
    • NGWA's purpose is to provide guidance to members, government representatives, and the public for sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the world's groundwater resources.
      Visit www.ngwa.org.
  • Lone Star Healthy Streams
    • This program's objective is the education of Texas farmers, ranchers, and landowners about proper grazing, feral hog management, and riparian area protection to reduce the levels of bacterial contamination in streams and rivers.
      Visit lshs.tamu.edu.
  • Water Systems Council
    • WSC is the only national, nonprofit organization solely focused on household wells and small water well systems. WSC is committed to ensuring that Americans who get their water from household, private wells have safe, reliable drinking water and to protecting our Nation's groundwater resources.
      Visit www.watersystemscouncil.org.
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Service FAQs
    • A database of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sub-categorized under Drinking Water and Human Health titles.
      Visit www.aces.edu/waterquality/faq.

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Water Conservation Links

  • Think Water (Indoor/Outdoor Water Conservation, OSU)
    • The Oklahoma City Utilities Department has partnered with the OSU Extension Service and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture to promote conservation through proper outdoor watering and drought-tolerant landscaping.
      Visit thinkwater.okstate.edu.
  • Simple Irrigation Plan (SIP; OSU)
    • A helpful tool for determining when and how to irrigate.
      Visit sip.mesonet.org.
  • No-Till Oklahoma (OSU)
    • A program designed to conserve water, lower fuel costs, and reduce soil run-off, thereby improving the quality of surrounding watersheds.
      Visit notill.okstate.edu.
  • Climate & Weather (OSU/OU)
    • The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of over 110 automated environmental monitoring stations covering Oklahoma. These stations record environmental measurements every 5 minutes, 24 hours per day year-round. These measurements are then transmitted to a central facility and made available to the public.
      Visit www.mesonet.org.
  • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program (OSU)
  • Rainfall Harvesting on the Low Impact Development Web Site (OSU)
    • Low Impact Development (LID) is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach. This site has a wealth of information on rainwater harvesting.
      Visit lid.okstate.edu/rainfall-harvesting.
  • Squeeze Every Drop
    • Water Conservation program by the City of Oklahoma City Utilities Department.
      Visit SqueezeEveryDrop.com.
  • Rainwater Harvesting (TAMU)
    • Harvesting rainwater can reduce your water bill, demands on the water supply, and stormwater runoff, which improves water quality of the surrounding watershed.
      Visit rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu.
  • Water Data for the Nation (USGS)
  • WaterSense (US EPA)
    • An EPA partnership program to inform and assist Americans in water conservation.
      Visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
  • Earth-Kind Drought Preparedness (TAMU)
  • Texas SmartScape (USGS)
    • Texas SmartScape is an interactive how-to guide that teaches concepts of landscaping with native and adapted plants.
      Visit www.txsmartscape.com.
  • Texas Urban Landscape Guide
    • Science-based information related to the design, installation, and maintenance of WaterWise landscapes for the principal plant adaptability regions in Texas.
      Visit urbanlandscapeguide.tamu.edu.
  • Sustainable Water Resources

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Water Scarcity

  • Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center (OU)
    • MISSION: To help solve drinking water and sanitation challenges for impoverished regions in developing countries through innovative teaching and research initiatives.
      Visit www.coe.ou.edu/water.
  • The Global Water Crisis (USAID)
    • Water scarcity and degraded water quality are colliding with growing populations in need of more and more water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, and industry.
      Visit www.usaid.gov.
  • Aqueduct (World Resources Institute)
    • Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide.
      Visit aqueduct.wri.org.
  • Water4 Foundation
    • Help provide clean water with low-cost materials available locally.
      Visit water4.org.
  • charity: water
    • We're a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects.
      Visit www.charitywater.org.
  • Water Treatment and Safe Storage Options
    • Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Options in Developing Countries: A Review of Current Implementation Practices. Read more here.
  • Environmental Change and Security Program
    • Water has staggering impacts on health, ecosystems, agriculture, global climate change, population and economic dynamics--even war and peace.
      Visit www.wilsoncenter.org/water.
  • Water Footprint
  • Degrees of Thirst

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Climate & Weather

  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey
    • The new web site of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey provides direct access to the data, products, and services of OCS with a click of a button. The Climate, Weather, Research, Outreach, and Reports tabs link you directly to information.
      Visit climate.mesonet.org
  • The Nature Conservancy’s Knowledge Base for Climate Change Adaptation
    • TNC is working to develop climate change adaptation strategies that help sustain communities as they cope with accelerating changes to water, air, food, lands and livelihoods.
      This link lists recent news related to climate change.
      Visit conserveonline.org/workspaces/climateadaptation.
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)
    • The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a new climate research initiative whose goal is to help communities better plan for weather and climate-related disasters in the southern United States, particularly in the face of changing climate.
    • Visit SCIPP's Experimental Data Products.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Current Oklahoma Weather Conditions
  • Oklahoma Agweather Web
  • Animal Agriculture and Climate Change (SW region)
    • This site is designed to provide the latest information about the effects of changing weather patterns and how to best manage these new risks.
    • Visit AnimalAgClimateChange.org
  • Conservation Magazine
    • As the science grows more mature and the issues more intricate, Conservation has emerged as a new kind of magazine to explore a diversity of environmental topics from novel angles without preaching, pleading, or bias.
    • Visit www.conservationmagazine.org/tag/climate-change.
  • Drought Monitoring
  • U.S. Drought Portal (NIDIS)

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Drought Links

  • Drought Monitoring (Oklahoma Mesonet)
  • Intensive Financial Management and Planning Support (IFMAPS; OSU)
    • Oklahoma farmers and ranchers can call on the IFMAPS program to receive free, confidential assistance in farm business planning.
      Visit www.agecon.okstate.edu/ifmaps.
  • Managing During Drought: A Resource Guide for Agricultural Producers (The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation)
    • This site includes a well organized abundance of information on managing during drought for a variety of producers.
      Visit www.noble.org/drought.
  • Oklahoma State Beef Extension (OSU)
    • Drought Information and Resources including calculators, maps, articles, and links to other pages.
      Visit beefextension.com.
  • U.S. Drought Portal (NIDIS)
  • The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
    • EDEN links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.
      Visit eden.lsu.edu.
  • WaterWatch (USGS)
    • A U.S. Geological Survey site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States.
      Visit waterwatch.usgs.gov.
  • WaterSense (US EPA)
    • An EPA partnership program to inform and assist Americans in water conservation.
      Visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
  • Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses (US IRS)
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (University of Nebraska)
  • Water Well Drilling & Pump Installation (OWRB)
    • To ensure the integrity of water well construction, and thus prevent potential pollution of state groundwaters, the Water Board supervises a licensing program of pump installers and drillers of water supply, geothermal, observation, and monitoring wells.
      Visit www.owrb.ok.gov/supply/wd/drillers.php.
  • Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (OSU)
    • SWFAL provides valuable information that helps citizens protect and utilize their soil, water, animal manure, and forage resources efficiently and effectively.
      Visit www.soiltesting.okstate.edu.
  • Earth-Kind Drought Preparedness (TAMU)
  • Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (OSU)
    • SWFAL provides valuable information that helps citizens protect and utilize their soil, water, animal manure, and forage resources efficiently and effectively.
      Visit www.soiltesting.okstate.edu.
  • Texas SmartScape (USGS)
    • Texas SmartScape is an interactive how-to guide that teaches concepts of landscaping with native and adapted plants.
      Visit www.txsmartscape.com.
  • Texas Urban Landscape Guide
    • Science-based information related to the design, installation, and maintenance of WaterWise landscapes for the principal plant adaptability regions in Texas.
      Visit urbanlandscapeguide.tamu.edu.
  • Soil Physics (OSU)
    • Here you can learn about our research and teaching activities and access information related to the discipline of soil physics.
      Visit soilphysics.okstate.edu.
  • Simple Irrigation Plan (SIP; OSU)
    • A helpful tool for determining when and how to irrigate.
      Visit sip.mesonet.org.
  • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program (OSU)

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Ecosystems

  • The Nature Conservancy
    • The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
      Visit www.nature.org.
  • Oklahoma Water Science Center
  • Instream Flow Council
    • The Instream Flow Council (IFC) is an organization that represents the interests of state and provincial fish and wildlife management agencies in the United States and Canada dedicated to improving the effectiveness of their instream flow programs.
      Visit www.instreamflowcouncil.org.
  • The National Fish Habitat Board
    • The National Fish Habitat Board released a report that summarizes the results of an unprecedented, nationwide assessment of the human effects on fish habitat in the rivers and estuaries of the United States.
      Visit www.fishhabitat.org.
  • Fish Hatcheries (ODAFF)
  • Lone Star Healthy Streams
    • This program's objective is the education of Texas farmers, ranchers, and landowners about proper grazing, feral hog management, and riparian area protection to reduce the levels of bacterial contamination in streams and rivers.
      Visit lshs.tamu.edu.
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    Student Organizations

    • Soil and Water Conservation Club (OSU)
    • American Fisheries Society (OSU)
      • This organization is dedicated to bringing awareness of past, present, and future fisheries related issues to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in Oklahoma universities.
        Visit nrem.okstate.edu/Club_AFS.
    • Environmental Science Club "Water Watch" (OSU)
      • The purpose of this organization shall be to stimulate interest in Environmental Science on the Oklahoma State University campus; to promote fellowship among students with environmental interests; to promote sound environmental policy at Oklahoma State University; and to provide the opportunity for leadership training among members.
        Visit www.okstate.edu/osu_orgs/ensc/ww.html.

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    Oklahoma State University Links

    • Extension Fact Sheets in Water
    • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
      • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county offices enhance DASNR's commitment to Oklahoma communities, where county based Extension educators work side-by-side with residents to address local issues and concerns.
        Visit www.oces.okstate.edu.
    • Agricultural Experiment Stations
      • Our mission is to conduct fundamental and applied research for the purpose of developing new knowledge that will lead to technology improvements addressing the needs of the people of Oklahoma.
        Visit www.oaes.okstate.edu.
    • Nitrogen Use Efficiency
      • Nitrogen use efficiency and/or fertilizer recovery in crop production systems can be computed using many different methods.
        Visit nue.okstate.edu.
    • Ecohydrology Lab in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department
      • Research at this laboratory focuses primarily on improving our understanding of the effects of land use, land cover change, and climatic variability on ecological and hydrological processes at different spatial and temporal scales.
        Visit nrem.okstate.edu/Ecohydrology.
    • Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (OSU)
      • SWFAL provides valuable information that helps citizens protect and utilize their soil, water, animal manure, and forage resources efficiently and effectively.
        Visit www.soiltesting.okstate.edu.
    • Waste Management Engineering
      • A web site that discusses ways to use "undervalued byproducts." Waste management entails materials handling, systems operations, and waste treatment.
        Visit osuwastemanage.bae.okstate.edu.
    • Poultry Waste Management
      • This website is designed to provide information to persons who are required to obtain initial and annually updated poultry waste management training.
        Visit www.poultrywaste.okstate.edu.
    • Oklahoma State Beef Extension (OSU)
      • Drought Information and Resources including calculators, maps, articles, and links to other pages.
        Visit beefextension.com.
    • Low Impact Development Web Site
      • Low Impact Development (LID) is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developed watersheds.
        Visit lid.okstate.edu.
    • Soil Physics
      • Here you can learn about our research and teaching activities and access information related to the discipline of soil physics.
        Visit soilphysics.okstate.edu.
    • SunUp
      • SunUp is your place for Oklahoma agriculture. We are dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers do their jobs better and more efficiently.
        Visit sunup.okstate.edu.
    • 4-H20
    • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program
    • Oklahoma's Master Naturalist Program
      • Adults with an interest in nature learn about the state’s diverse natural resources through a series of one-day workshops.
        Visit okmasternaturalist.org.
    • Water Quality Programs
    • NPK
      • This site is constructed to contain producer-friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application.
        Visit npk.okstate.edu.
    • Pesticide Disposal
      • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is funding a yearly program to collect and properly dispose of unwanted pesticides that farmers, commercial applicators, or dealers have.
        Visit pested.okstate.edu/unwanted.
    • Simple Irrigation Plan (SIP)
      • A helpful tool for determining when and how to irrigate.
        Visit sip.mesonet.org.
    • No-Till Oklahoma
      • A program designed to conserve water, lower fuel costs, and reduce soil run-off, thereby improving the quality of surrounding watersheds.
        Visit notill.okstate.edu.
    • Climate & Weather (OSU/OU)
      • The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of over 110 automated environmental monitoring stations covering Oklahoma. These stations record environmental measurements every 5 minutes, 24 hours per day year-round. These measurements are then transmitted to a central facility and made available to the public.
        Visit www.mesonet.org.

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    Other Oklahoma sites

    • The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
      • The Noble Foundation is an independent, non-profit institute headquartered in Ardmore, OK that conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity.
        Visit www.noble.org.
    • Oklahoma Water Survey (OU)
      • The University of Oklahoma Regents established the Oklahoma Water Survey in 2011. The mission of the Water Survey is to study the state’s water resources and to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate research-based information about water.
        Visit oklahomawatersurvey.org.
    • Oklahoma Streamflow Data (USGS)
    • Oklahoma Water Science Center (USGS)
      • Here you'll find information on Oklahoma's rivers and streams. You'll also find information about ground water, water quality, and many other topics.
        Visit ok.water.usgs.gov.
    • Oklahoma's Blue Thumb Program (OCC)
    • Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB)
      • OWRB's primary duties and responsibilities include water use appropriation and permitting, water quality monitoring and standards, financial assistance for water/wastewater systems, dam safety, floodplain management, water supply planning, technical studies and research, and water resource mapping.
        Visit www.owrb.ok.gov.
    • Fish Hatcheries (ODAFF)

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    Other national sites

    • Water Quality Information Center (USDA)
      • Water Quality Information Center (WQIC) provides electronic access to information on water quality and agriculture.
        Visit wqic.nal.usda.gov.
    • State Water Resources Research Institute Program (USGS)
      • This program, authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, is a Federal-State partnership that
        • - Plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems
        • - Promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results
        • - Provides for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research
        • - Provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act.
        Visit water.usgs.gov/wrri.
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Water
    • U.S. EPA - Surf your Watershed
      • This site provides a map to help you locate your watershed. From there you can find a listing of organizations that are working to protect water quality.
        Visit epa.gov/surf.
    • National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR)
      • Housed in the country’s top land-grant universities, NIWR’s institutes are uniquely positioned to assist state and federal governments in advancing sustainable management of our water supply.
        Visit niwr.net.
    • Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)
      • UCOWR is an association of universities and organizations leading in education, research, and public service in water resources.
        Visit ucowr.org.

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