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Building A Sustainable Water Future


The Water Institute at East Central University

At the Oka’ Institute, we recognize water as a critical resource for life as well as being a powerful economic driver. We join with strategic partners for the purpose of safeguarding Oklahoma’s water both for our area and our world.

Our Vision

 “To create practical water solutions both locally and globally driven by research and directed by data that result in long-term sustainable ecological management and economic development”

Our Mission

"To address Oklahoma's water resource needs through sustainable water resource management strategies that address real-world demands. This includes a commitment to public and professional education, a recognition of the economic development opportunities and implications of water resources, and to the creation of scientifically defensible and equitable, best practices for water resource management."