Water Management Center
Water is the world’s most precious resource. The sustainable management of water
is critical to the socioeconomic health of our region, our country, and the global
community. For three decades, the EERC has been researching, developing, and demonstrating
innovative, integrated approaches for water quantity and quality management. Our
focus on partnerships, stakeholder-driven input, and applied research allows us
to develop intelligent solutions that help solve real-world problems.
Northern Great Plains Water Consortium® (NGPWC)
One of the cornerstones of the EERC’s Water Management Center is the NGPWC
, a partnership
between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and key energy-producing entities in
the northern Great Plains. The NGPWC’s mission is to address issues related to water
availability, water consumption, and water quality within the energy industry and/or
related sectors. The key goals of the NGPWC are to:
- Evaluate water demand and consumption from competing users in the
northern Great Plains region, including energy production, agriculture, industry,
and domestic/municipal users.
- Assess, develop, and demonstrate technologies and methods that
minimize water use and reduce wastewater discharge from energy production and agricultural
- Identify and develop nontraditional water sources as innovative
options for water supply and/or reuse.
As the population of the United States continues to increase, demand for ever-increasing
amounts of energy to support social and economic growth will require water. Finding
innovative solutions that expand water resource options for the energy industry
in the region is one of the key goals of the NGPWC.
In the EERC's Waffle®
project, research focused on the potential for fields, raised
roads, and drainage structures to act as a network of channels and control structures.
Stored water can be released back into the river as a flood crest passes.
An Overview of the Waffle Concept: A Tool for Water Management in the Red River Basin
Northern Great Plains Water Consortium®