Oklahoma Water Resources Center

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Use the following links to browse these resources:

Water Quality links
Water Scarcity links
Water Conservation links
Weather & Climate links
Drought
Ecosystems links
Water Issues in Industry
Economics & Policy
Student Organizations at OSU
OSU sites
Other Oklahoma sites
Other National sites

 

Water Quality links

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Non-Agricultural Soils Web Site (OSU)
  • 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 Blue Thumb Program (OCC)
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
  • Oklahoma Litter Market (OSU)
    • The site serves as a communication resource linking buyers and sellers of poultry litter while marketing poultry litter to more distant nutrient-deficient areas.
      Visit littermarket.okstate.edu.
  • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program (OSU)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toxic Substances Hydrology Program (USGS)
  • 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.
  • Water Data for the Nation (USGS)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Water Scarcity

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Degrees of Thirst
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Water Footprint
  • 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.
  • Water4 Foundation
    • Help provide clean water with low-cost materials available locally.
      Visit water4.org.

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Water Conservation Links

  • Crop Water Allocator (Kansas State)
  • Earth-Kind Drought Preparedness (TAMU)
  • Low Impact Development: Rainfall Harvesting (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.
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma's Master Gardener Program (OSU)
  • Oklahoma Mesonet (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.
  • 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.
  • Simple Irrigation Plan (SIP; OSU)
    • A helpful tool for determining when and how to irrigate.
      Visit sip.mesonet.org.
  • Squeeze Every Drop
    • Water Conservation program by the City of Oklahoma City Utilities Department.
      Visit SqueezeEveryDrop.com.
  • Sustainable Water Resources
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Water Conservation fact sheets by Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
  • 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.

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Climate & Weather

  • 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.
  • Current Oklahoma Weather Conditions
    • The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of over 110 automated environmental monitoring stations covering Oklahoma, recording environmental measurements every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, year-round.
    • www.mesonet.org
  • Drought Monitoring
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma Agweather Web
  • 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
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board
    • The OWRB has served as chair of the Water Availability and Outlook Committee of the state's Drought Management Team since 1996. Many drought-related resources may be found at www.owrb.ok.gov/drought.
  • 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)

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Drought Links

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Ecosystems

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • National Wetlands Inventory
    • Over 45 million acres of the U.S. have new wetlands data posted on the Wetlands Mapper. These updates include portions of the lower 48 states as well as Alaska and Hawaii.
      Visit www.fws.gov/wetlands.
  • 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
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Recognizing Wetlands
  • U.S. EPA Wetlands Protection and Restoration
    • Wetlands are areas where water covers soil all or part of the time. Wetlands are important because they protect and improve water quality, provide fish and wildlide habitats, store floodwaters and maintain surface water flow during dry periods.
      Visit www.epa.gov/wetlands.
  • Wetland Conservation Compliance Options
    • The wetland conservation provisions, originally introduced in the 1985 Farm Bill as Subtitle C of Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, are meant to encourage the retention of wetland functions and values.
      Visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps.

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Water Issues in Industry

  • eBEEF.org
    • eBEEF.org is part of the national eXtension program with the goal of being a one-stop site for beef cattle genetics and genomics information. Beef cattle specialists from six land grant institutions have joined forces to provide educational materials that are pertinent to today’s beef cattle producers.
      Visit eBEEF.org.
  • FracFocus
    • FracFocus continues to evolve and expand, adding more participating companies and reported wells from across the country. Our continued success is the result of nationally recognized organizations working with state governments and the oil and natural gas industry to provide public transparency.
      Visit fracfocus.org.
  • The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)
    • The GWPC is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose members consist of state ground water regulatory agencies which come together within the GWPC organization to mutually work toward the protection of the nation’s ground water supplies.
      Visit www.gwpc.org.

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Economics & Policy

  • 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.
  • The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OWRB)
    • The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) contains a wealth of technical data, information, and policy recommendations.
      Visit https://www.owrb.ok.gov.
  • Water for 2060 Act (OWRB)
    • With passage of House Bill 3055 (the Water For 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than is consumed today.
      View the Water for 2060 Act or the Water for 2060 fact sheet.

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Student Organizations

  • American Fisheries Society
  • Cowboy Waterworks
    • This group promotes public awareness and education of the issues water quality and water power; to develop leadership among its members through participation in the branch activities; to compete in ASABE environmental design competition.
      Visit campuslink.okstate.edu/organization/CowboyWaterworks.
  • Engineers without Borders
    • This student-led organization is focused on solving issues for people living in developing countries. They perform many engineering-related projects but welcome all majors!
      Visit ewb-osu.okstate.edu.
  • Environmental Science Club "Water Watch"
    • 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.
  • Society of Environmental Scientists
  • Soil and Water Conservation Club
  • The Wildlife Society

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Oklahoma State University Links

  • 4-H20
  • Oklahoma 4-H20 Youth Water Education Program
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extension Fact Sheets in Water
  • Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit
    • The mission of the Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit is to 1) develop criteria for design and analysis of safe, economical structures and channels for the conveyance, storage, disposal, and measurement of runoff water; 2) develop basic knowledge of the hydraulics of surface water flows for use in planning measures needed for environmentally appropriate control of runoff water and/or assessing the safety and efficiency of existing measures; and 3) determine the ability of vegetation, riprap, and/or various manufactured materials to protect hydraulic structures and channels from erosion.
      Visit www.ars.usda.gov.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NPK
    • This site is constructed to contain producer-friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application.
      Visit npk.okstate.edu.
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma Litter Market
    • The site serves as a communication resource linking buyers and sellers of poultry litter while marketing poultry litter to more distant nutrient-deficient areas.
      Visit littermarket.okstate.edu.
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma Mesonet (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 State Beef Extension (OSU)
    • Drought Information and Resources including calculators, maps, articles, and links to other pages.
      Visit beefextension.com.
  • 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.
  • Plant-Available Water
  • 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.
  • Shoup Fisheries Management and Ecology Laboratory
    • Dr. Shoup's lab provides instruction and conducts research in the areas of freshwater fisheries management and fish ecology.
      Visit nrem.okstate.edu/shouplab.
  • Simple Irrigation Plan (SIP)
    • A helpful tool for determining when and how to irrigate.
      Visit sip.mesonet.org.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Other Oklahoma sites

  • Fish Hatcheries (ODAFF)
  • Oklahoma's Blue Thumb Program (OCC)
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
  • Oklahoma Litter Market (OSU)
    • The site serves as a communication resource linking buyers and sellers of poultry litter while marketing poultry litter to more distant nutrient-deficient areas.
      Visit littermarket.okstate.edu.
  • Oklahoma Streamflow Data (USGS)
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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Other National Sites

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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