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Who We Are: The Nebraska Water Center (NWC), established by Congress in 1964 as one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes nationwide, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska (NU) become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach by facilitating programs that will result in NU becoming a premiere institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use. The NWC helps arrange research addressing water problems or water understanding; helps new water researchers and engineers; and publishes research results to water professionals and the public through publications, colloquiums and conferences, lectures and tours. The NWC is part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and part of NU’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The NU Water Sciences Laboratory, established in 1990, is a world-class, state-of-the-art water research core facility that is an integral part of the NWC. Its highly trained faculty and staff use the latest in instrumentation for measuring chemicals in water, specializing in trace organics. It actively pursues development of new research methodologies and helps train new researchers. Financial support for the NWC and its laboratory comes from a combination of state, local and federal funding, as well as through partnerships with NGOs and industry.