Auburn a center of excellence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday designated Auburn University as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management, enhancing Auburn's efforts to address water quality and availability issues in the region.

This is only the fourth Center of Excellence to be designated in the southeast and the first in Alabama.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Environmental Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to help manage water resources as prudently as possible with an eye toward conservation and increased availability," said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. "Auburn has a broad array of expertise to contribute to these efforts."