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Venkatesh Uddameri, Ph.D., P.E. Interim Director

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The Water Resources Center (WRC) was established by the Texas Tech University Board of Regents in 1965. Since its inception, the WRC has encouraged, conducted, and coordinated water resources research and related activities. To accomplish this purpose, WRC has adopted a multiphase approach, encompassing research, education, and public service. The WRC also provides public services, both locally and statewide, through its publications, seminars, workshops, and as a resources contact with access to water-related experts throughout the campus.

The WRC's research activities focus on current water issues of regional importance to the Texas High Plains and encompass state, national, and international water issues that are of common concern. The operating philosophy of the WRC is that the highest priority for research activities should be accorded to concerns inherent in ensuring the High Plains region has water supplies that are adequate in quantity and quality to meet the region's needs. Thus, three objectives have been identified

Current Grants

  • A Sustainable Water Treatment System for Long Term Space Habitation - NASA Johnson Space Center

  • Assessement of General Circulation Models for Water Resources planning Applications- Texas Water Development Board

  • Center for Water Law and Policy - Environmental Protection Agency

  • City of Lubbock Canyon Lakes Water Reuse Project - EPA/City of Lubbock/ Alan Plummer Assoc

  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Supply in West Texas - Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Demonstration of a High Recovery and Energy efficient RO System for Small-Scale Brackish Water Desalination - Texas Water Development Board

  • Design of Monitoring Program for Water Yielded Enhancement Program - Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board

  • SECO Renewable Technology Grant - State Energy Conservation Office

  • New Water Management Technologies to Sustain Rural Economies - U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Playa Lake Recharge Monitoring - Texas Water Development Board

  • Research Needs Related to Natural Perchlorate: Production, Occurence and Stable Isotopic Signatures - USAF/AFMC

  • Engineering Support for Extended Human and Robotic Space Flight Missions - National Aeronautics & Space Administartion

  • Synthesis, Characterization and Environmental Impact Studies of Advanced Energetic Materials - Department of Defense/ Advanced Technology Institute

  • TTU FY 11 Great Plains Wind Power Test Facility (DOE FY 10) - U.S. Department of Energy

  • Recent Publications

  • Rainwater, K., Hayhoe, K., and Baake, K., 2010. "Quantifying Effects of Long-Term Climate Change on Precipitation and Evaporation," Final Report, USDA-ARS Ogallala Aquifer Program,31 p.

  • Meng F, B Liao, S Liang, F Yang, H Zhang, L Song, "Journal of Membrane Science"361 (2010) 1-14

  • Zhao Y, L Song, SL Ong, "Journal of Membrane Science " 349 (2010) 75-82.

  • Carr, D.L.*, Morse, A.N., Zak, J.C. and Anderson, T.A. 2010. Biological Degradation of Common Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Soils with High Water Content. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0573-z

  • Carr, D.L.*, Morse, A.N., Zak, J.C. and Anderson, T.A. 2010. Microbially mediated degradation of common pharmaceuticals and personal care products in soil under aerobic and anaerobicconditions, Water, Air and Soil Pollution DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0558-y.

  • Balaji RaoG, Todd A. Anderson, Aaron RedderG and W. Andrew Jackson* (2010)Perchlorate Formation by Ozone Oxidation of Aqueous Chlorine/Oxy-Chlorine Species: Role of ClxOy Radicals. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44 (8), pp 2961-2967.

  • Wim Vogt and W. Andrew Jackson (2010) Perchlorate, nitrate, and iodine uptake and distribution in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and potential impact on background levels in humans., J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58(23), pp12192-12198.

  • Rainwater, K., Fish, E., Zartman, R., and Beierle, M., 2010 "Evaluation of the White River Watershed," Final Report, White River Municipal Water District, Spur, Texas, 57 p.

  • Zhao Y, L Song, SL Ong, "Journal of Membrane Science" 349 (2010) 65-74.

  • Song L, AICHE Journal, 56 (1), 2010, 143-149

  • Karnjanapiboonwong, A*., A.N. Morse, J.D. Maul, and T.A. Anderson. 2010. Sorption of estrogens,triclosan, and caffeine in a sandy loam and a silt loam soil. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10(7): 1300-1307.

  • Karnjanapiboonwong, A.*, J.G.Suski, A.A.Shah, Q.Cai , A.N. Morse, T.A. Anderson. 2010. Occurrence of PPCPs at a wastewater treatment plant and in soil and groundwater at a land application site. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution (In press)

  • Karnjanapiboonwong, A*., J.E. Canas, W.A. Jackson, J.D. Maul, A.N. Morse, and T.A. Anderson. 2010. Uptake of 17a-ethynylestradiol and triclosan in pinto bean, Phaseolus vulgaris. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.,(In press)

  • W. Andrew Jackson*, K.K. Bohlke, B. Gu, and N. Sturchio. Isotopic composition and origin of indigenous natural perchlorate and co-occurring nitrate in the southwestern United States. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2010 44(13), pp4869-4876

  • Jackson, W.Andrew*, Audra Morse, etal(2009) Nitrification-Denitrification Biological Treatment of a High-Nitrogen Waste Stream for Water-Reuse Applications. Water Environment Research. 81(4):423-431