The NCWQR was originally started as the River Laboratory by Dr. David B. Baker in 1969. We were 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. Currently, the NCWQR consists of 11 scientists and technicians assisted by student interns.
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.
For more information, see the annual report here: ncwqr-annual-report-fy-14-15