The University of Kansas, a Tier 1 comprehensive research institution, is leading efforts to address the challenges of water. In the last five years, KU researchers have been awarded over $20M for sponsored projects to explore many dimensions of the water puzzle including:

  • More than 50 projects characterizing critical variables such as groundwater geology, aquifer depletion rates, streambank stability and erosion, and climatic and atmospheric conditions.
  • More than 40 projects exploring innovative technologies like wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery, urban stormwater management, and water infrastructure such as bridges and constructed wetlands.
  • More than 30 projects focusing on knowledge and tools to advance flood forecasting, address reservoir sediment management, and improve water quality.

The complex interactions of coupled human and natural systems at the heart of the water cycle require collaborative and interdisciplinary research that integrates human dimensions, engineering technology, climate science, and natural ecosystems. At KU these studies are supported by the Departments of Geology, Geography and Atmospheric Science, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Sociology, Economics, Mathematics, and the School of Law. Nearly 100 faculty are engaged in water-related research. 





Current and Upcoming Events

Students Make Every Drop County at Douglas County Water Festival

On Friday, September 28th 2018, over 800 fifth grade students from Douglas County will converge on the
Bloomington Park area of Clinton Lake for the Douglas County Water Festival, “Make Every Drop Count.”
This event is a highlight of the fall where students learn about the importance of water in Kansas, the
science of water quality, our critical supplies of fresh water, the ecology of aquatic environments and the
impact of water throughout the history of Douglas County. Students will be actively engaged in discovery
and hands-on science. Water has been and will continue to be an important issue and this event hopes to deepen the understanding of this critical resource to the next generation policy makers.

This educational event is a collaborative effort led by the Douglas County Conservation District, funded in
part by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council, and hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. Sponsors of this event include the U.S. Geological Survey, Rural Water District #2, Rural Water
District #5, Douglas County Farm Bureau, Bartlett and West, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams,
and Frontier Farm Credit. Presenters will include state and local conservation professionals as well as
University of Kansas students, staff and faculty.

Contact: Contact: Sue Ann Funk, Douglas County Conservation District ( Phone 785-843-4260, ext. 3.



If you are interested in joining the water research community or you have information that you would like to make available to the this community please contact either individual listed below:

Bob Rummer,
Director of Research Development,,
Tricia Bergman,
Director of Strategic Partnerships,,

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