201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73019

Usable Water Resources

Toward Sustainable & Usable Water Resources

Water resources sustain ecosystems and peoples across our region. Yet drought, flood and seasonal changes in precipitation stress water availability and quality, while warming temperatures increase evapotranspiration and population growth heightens the demand and competition for already-limited water. Stressed vegetation can increase risks for insect infestation, wildfire, soil degradation, and plant mortality, causing long-term shifts in wildlife habitat and increased potential for the advance of invasive species.


Our Team

Established in October 2018, the Sustainable and Usable Water Resources team has 17 members:

Sean Wineland (co-lead), University of Oklahoma

Newakis Weber, Chickasaw Nation

Pablo Ortiz, University of California Davis

Xiangming Xiao, University of Oklahoma

Sarita KC, East Central University

Ali Mirchi, Oklahoma State University

Hakan Basagaoglu, Edwards Aquifer

Rosalynn Vasquez, Texas Tech University

Adrienne Wootten, University of Oklahoma

Thomas Neeson (co-lead), University of Oklahoma

Sophie Plassin, University of Oklahoma

Sam Sandoval, University of California Davis

Wayne Kellogg, Chickasaw Nation

Jeri Fleming, University of Oklahoma

Caitriana Steele, SW Climate Hub

Tye Baker, Choctaw Nation

Kevin Wagner, Oklahoma State University

Our Projects

Goals for 2020:

  • Review/Synthesis Paper about environmental flows and climate change.
    • Summary: Environmental flows are important for sustaining river ecosystems globally, but socio-political barriers and the impacts of climate change complicate the implementation and feasibility of policies or programs. There are many factors that either facilitate or inhibit policies or programs regarding environmental flows. Here, we will review the context and challenges of environmental flows in the South-Central United States using three case studies: Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River Basin, Red River Basin, and the Edwards Aquifer.

How we plan to accomplish our goals:

  • Monthly virtual calls to coordinate
  • Writing sessions