About

The National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) is a research arm of the science departments of Heidelberg University. Its staff of eleven scientists and technicians assisted by student trainees encompasses expertise in fields ranging from water chemistry to watershed modeling and biomonitoring. Started by Professor of Biology Dr. David B. Baker as the River Laboratory in 1969, the laboratory was renamed the Water Quality Laboratory in 1974. Early research projects centered on nutrient and sediment loadings from Ohio rivers flowing into Lake Erie. The lab extended its studies to Lake Erie in 1978 as a participant in the binational Lake Erie Intensive Study, added pesticide analyses to its monitoring programs in 1980, and incorporated three major tributaries of the Ohio River into its loading studies in the mid-1990s. Through a resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced by Ohio’s Representative Paul E. Gillmor, the name changed to the National Center for Water Quality Research in 2004.

All activities of the NCWQR, other than teaching, have always been supported entirely by extramural funds from federal and state governments, industries, foundations and individuals through research grants, monitoring contracts, analytical services and contributions. Details of the Center’s history and current activities are available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/distinctive/ncwqr.

History

Started by Professor of Biology Dr. David B. Baker as the River Laboratory in 1969, the laboratory was renamed the Water Quality Laboratory in 1974. Early research projects centered on nutrient and sediment loadings from Ohio rivers flowing into Lake Erie. The lab extended its studies to Lake Erie in 1978 as a participant in the binational Lake Erie Intensive Study, added pesticide analyses to its monitoring programs in 1980, and incorporated three major tributaries of the Ohio River to its loading studies in 1996. Through a resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced by Ohio’s Representative Paul E. Gillmor, the name changed to the National Center for Water Quality Research in 2004.

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