Water Center, The


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Letter from the Director

I am pleased to present this annual report on the activities, finances and many accomplishments of the Nebraska Water Center (NWC) during 2013 and 2014, a time when the NWC is celebrating its Golden Anniversary. More than being a simple look back at where we’ve been and what we have accomplished over the past year, this report looks forward to the complex challenges and exciting opportunities that lie ahead of us. We are now an integral part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI), a growing global institute focused on one of the 21st Century’s most urgent challenges: achieving global food security with less pressure on water resources through improved management of water in agricultural and food systems. DWFI is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world without compromising the use of water for other human and environmental needs. The NWC fits well within that noble goal. For 50 years we have focused on helping build the University of Nebraska’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading academic institutions in the areas of agricultural and domestic water use. We have achieved this by fostering and investing in water research, teaching, extension and outreach. We are equally proud of the growing research and teaching roles of our associated Water Sciences Laboratory in advancing the work and achievements of the NWC and the University of Nebraska. The lab, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Snow, will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.

Chittaranjan Ray, Ph.D., P.E.