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Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI)

The Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water planning process.  It is also designed to facilitate effective communication between water resources professionals and to foster the dissemination and application of research results.

KWRI is funded by a combination of federal funds through the U.S. Geological Survey and non-federal funds from state and other sources.  It is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).  NIWR provides a national platform for research, training and collaboration. 

KWRI's Mission: The Kansas Water Resources Institute develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water plan.  KWRI facilitates effective communication between water resources professionals and helps disseminate and apply research results.

Kansas Water Resources Institute Summary

Request for Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. Find out more on KCARE's Funding Opportunities page. 

Current KWRI Projects

  • Governor's Conference on Water and the Future of Kansas
  • Water Research for the Fort Riley Net Zero Initiative
  • Impacts of In Channel Dredging on the Morphology of the Kansas River
  • Moving Towards Real Time Drought Assessment and Forecasting System for Kansas
  • Extending Usable Life of Ogallala Aquifer through Limited Irrigation Using Integrated Sensor-Based Technology
  • Assessment of Deteriorating Water Quality in the Ogallala Aquifer and its Effect on Crops in Western Kansas
  • Assessing Natural Variability in Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions
  • Fate of High Uranium in Saline Arkansas River Water in Southwest Kansas:  Distribution in Soils, Crops, and Groundwater

Previous KWRI Projects

About NIWR

The National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) addresses water-related concerns across the nation. The 54 member institutes, located at land grant universities as well as in each of the four U.S. territories, use research, training, and collaboration at the state level to identify priorities and answer questions about water management.

The institutes use the unique expertise found at universities, paired with education and outreach capabilities to fund solutions for water management challenges. This knowledge is deep and broad, allowing for a laser focus on the water issues and policies specific to each state. Starting from the local level, the institutes’ successes create a flood of positive impacts across the United States.

Want to learn more about NIWR? Visit their website for news, events, and other information.

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