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Urban Water Institute

Urban Water Institute

What is the Urban Water Institute?

Water has been identified as one of the most critical resources for the future. The Urban Water Institute at Kansas State University is a center of knowledge, research and engagement focused on sustainable water management in urban and urbanizing environments through promotion of treatment technologies, management approaches and public policy. Institute activities focus on creating lasting positive impacts in urban environments through integrated watershed management. The Institute accomplishes its mission through research and development, education and training, technology transfer, outreach, and service to society.

The Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas

November 12-13, 2014

The Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas was held in Manhattan, Kansas. View the latest draft of the Kansas Water Vision Plan released at the conference.  For information about 2015 Regional Goal Public Input meetings or submitting comments, contact the Kansas Water Office.

Sustainable Food Systems and Urban Development

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:30 to 11 a.m.

KC Design Center, 1018 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO

Are vacant lots an opportunity for urban agriculture, stormwater capture, and redevelopment?  Urban Water Institute Interim Director Stacy Hutchinson and KC Design Center Director and UWI Faculty Advisory Board member Vladimir Krstic present a Green Business Network seminar on the sustainable use of urban land and water.  

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Caring for Water in Your Community

April 24-25, 2015

Miami County Rural Water District #2, 25290 Harmony Road, Paola, KS

The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education is hosting a two-day workshop for educators.  Explore and investigate your local watershed and water supply and learn how your school can install a waterspout garden to help protect and improve water quality in your community.

More information and registration


Kansas State University's magazine, "Perspectives" recently dedicated a full issue to water. Read more and learn how K-State is making a difference.