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Missouri Water Resources Research Center

Baolin Deng, director of the Water Resource Research Center, stands near a stream in Peace Park.

Chemical Engineering Department Chairman Baolin Deng is the director of the Water Resource Research Center; here, he stands near a stream in Peace Park.

The Missouri Water Resources Research Center was established in 1964 following the enactment of the National Water Resources Research Act. This act created a national network of 54 research centers which provide the nation with a coordinated effort to solve state, regional and national water problems.

The Water Resources Research Institute Program for the State of Missouri is funded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and administered through the Missouri Water Resources Research Center. The USGS program was established in 1964 following the enactment of the National Water Resources Act. This act created a national network of 54 research centers, one in each state and territory, which provide the nation with a coordinated effort to solve state, regional and national water problems. The federal research dollars administered through the center are available to all universities in Missouri. The center’s primary purpose is to sponsor and administer research projects on the state’s water, and related land-use environmental problems. Through these projects, training opportunities are provided for young men and women interested in careers in water and environmental resources.

The Missouri Water Resources Research Center’s objectives are:

  • to establish active research programs to aid in understanding and solving Missouri’s and the Nation’s water problems,
  • to provide education opportunities in research for students with an interest in water resources and related fields, and
  • to be actively dedicated to the dissemination of information through all aspects of the media.

The Center mobilizes the best faculty expertise in the state to examine specific water resources problems. The Center and its advisory committee are familiar with Missouri’s research needs and current projects. They help researchers avoid duplicate efforts, while serving as a link between the research community and potential users of research results such as industries, planning commissions, and state agencies.  Missouri’s economy revolves around its water resources; therefore, the Center works closely with the state in addressing their problems by providing research data, which are necessary in order to solve present and future water problems.

Cooperating agencies include:

Universities:

  • University of Missouri
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Alaska Southeast
  • University of Illinois
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Montana
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania State University

State Agencies:

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Department of Conservation

Federal Agencies:

  • USGS/U.S. Department of Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy

Local Agencies:

Cities of

  • Boonville
  • Columbia
  • Marceline
  • Marshfield
  • Monroe City
  • Trenton

Private Organizations:

  • BioMicrobics
  • CST
  • Environmental Dynamics, Inc.
  • International Heat Pump Association
  • John Deere
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Leonardwood Institute
  • Sprayroc