The New Hampshire Water Resource Research Center (WRRC), located on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, is an institute which serves as a focal point for research and information on water issues in the state and region. The NH WRRC was established under the provisions of the Water Resource Research Act of 1964 (PL 88-379).
Water Quality Analysis Laboratory
The Water Quality Analysis Laboratory (WQAL) is a research facility within the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment at the University of New Hampshire. This facility provides high-quality, reasonably priced analyses in support of research projects conducted by scientists, students, government agencies, private companies, and watershed groups from throughout the University, state, and nation.
Lamprey River Hydrologic Observatory
The entire Lamprey River basin is referred to as the Lamprey River Hydrologic Observatory (LRHO) and serves as a platform to study the hydrology and biogeochemistry of a suburban basin. The LRHO is used as a focal point for student and faculty research, teaching and outreach in the Departments of Natural Resources & the Environment, Earth Science, Civil Engineering and the Climate Change Research Center.
Great Bay Non-Point Nitrogen Sources
University of New Hampshire & WRRC researchers are working collaboratively with NOAA at Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and local managers to locate nonpoint nitrogen hot spots within the watershed, indentify sources of that nitrogen, and characterize how streams, rivers, and riparian buffers drive watershed-scale retention of nitrogen. Their goal is to provide a clearer understanding of which sources of nitrogen pose the greatest threat.
McDowell Lab Group
Dr. William McDowell is a professor in the UNH Department of Natural Resources & the Environment and is the Director of the NH WRRC and the UNH WQAL, as well as a Presidential Chair. Research in the McDowell lab focuses on understanding controls on biogeochemical cycles in streams, forests, and watersheds. Specifically, we study long-term changes in the water quality of forested, suburban, and urban watersheds in both temperate and tropical watersheds.