Oklahoma Water Resources Center

World Water Day Celebration at OSU 2017


When Mar 22, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 12:00 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 is celebrating United Nations World Water Day on March 22nd. This year's theme is “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


Dr. Thomas Coon, Vice President, Dean and Director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) 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, R. Scott Frazier, and Saleh Taghvaeian)

2016-2018 Berry Fellows

  • Improved seasonal streamflow forecasts to inform surface water management in Oklahoma (Tyson E. Ochsner)
  • Using Oklahoma-sourced Biochar for Removal of Pesticides in Runoff (Jason R. 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, Saleh Taghvaeian, Jason Warren, Don Sternitzke, Cameron Murley)
  • Evaluating the Reuse of Swine Lagoon Effluent and Recycled Municipal Water for Agricultural Production (Hailin Zhang, Doug Hamilton, Saleh Taghvaeian, Scott Carter)

9:45-10:15 Wastewater/Produced Water Presentation

Dr. David Lampert will present the challenges and opportunities associated with produced water from the oil and gas sector. Dr. Lampert seeks to analyze and reduce the impacts of human actions on the environment using novel datasets, mathematical models, laboratory-scale experiments, and field studies. His research includes analysis of the impacts of energy production on water resources, wastewater treatment and reuse, contaminated site remediation, and water quality modeling.

Tentative Tours of Wastewater Facilities

  • On-site Wastewater Treatment Training Facility at the Botanic Garden at OSU
  • Tour of OSU's Swine Lagoon
  • City of Stillwater Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wednesday afternoon

  • Water Expo, including educational booths, competitions, and prizes. More details are on the way!
  • Social gathering for participants in the Student Water Conference.