Water Resources Research Act Program

The Water Resources Research Act Program, authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, is a Federal-State partnership which:

  • Plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems
  • Promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results
  • Provides for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research
  • Provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act

The state water resources research institutes (WRRI) authorized by the Act are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). NIWR cooperates with the USGS to support, coordinate and facilitate research through the Annual Base Grants, National Competitive Grants, Coordination Grants, and in operating the NIWR-USGS Student Internship Program. Visit the Application Information page to learn more about these grant opportunities.

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The Institutes

There are 54 Water Resources Research Institutes or Centers, one in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

The Water Resources Research Institute for each state or territory is located at its "1862" land-grant university or at another college or university designated by the governor or state legislature. The Institute in Guam is a regional institute serving Guam, The Federated States of Micronesia, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Institute in Hawaii also serves American Samoa.

The National Institutes for Water Resources Directory is available for download in pdf format.


Alabama Water Resources Research Institute
Auburn University
1090 South Donahue Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-5431

Dr. Eve Brantley, Director
Phone: (334) 844-3927
Fax: (334) 844-4462


Water and Environmental Research Center
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5860

Dr. Nicole Misarti, WERC Director
Phone: (907) 474-7789
Fax: (907) 474-7041


Water Resources Research Center
The University of Arizona
350 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Dr. Sharon Megdal, Director
Phone: (520) 621-9591
Fax: (520) 792-8518


Arkansas Water Resources Center
University of Arkansas
Engineering Hall 203
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Dr. Brian E. Haggard, Director
Phone: (479) 575-2879
Fax: (479) 575-2846


California Institute for Water Resources
University of California
1111 Franklin Street, Rm. 10206
Oakland, California 94607

Dr. Doug Parker, Director
Phone: (510) 987-0036
Fax: (510) 832-8612


Colorado Water Center
Colorado State University
E-102 Engineering Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1033

Jennifer Gimbel, Interim Director
Phone: (970) 491-6308
Fax: (970) 491-1636

Julie Kallenberger, Associate Director
Phone: (970) 491-6308
Fax: (970) 491-1636


Connecticut Institute of Water Resources
The University of Connecticut
W. B. Young Building, Room 308
1376 Storrs Road, U-18
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4018

Dr. Michael Dietz, Director
Phone: (860) 486-2436
Fax: (860) 486-5408


Water Resources Center
University of Delaware
DGS Annex-261 Academy Street
Newark, Delaware 19716

Dr. Gerald J. Kauffman, Director
Phone: (302) 831-4929
Fax: (302) 831-4934

District of Columbia

D.C. Water Resource Research Institute
College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Bldg. 42 Room 215C
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D., Director
Phone: (202) 274-5273
Fax: (202) 274-7016


Florida Water Resources Research Center
University of Florida, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
365 Weil Hall
P.O. Box 116580
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6580

Dr. Kirk Hatfield, Co-Director
Phone: (352) 392-9537 ext 1441
Fax: (352) 392-3394

Dr. Mark Newman, Co-Director
Phone: (352) 392-9537 ext 1518
Fax: (352) 392-3394


Georgia Water Resources Institute
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
790 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0355

Dr. Aris P. Georgakakos, Director
Phone: (404) 894-2240
Fax: (404) 894-2677


Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific
University of Guam
303 University Drive
Mangilao, Guam 96923

Dr. John Jenson, Director
Phone: 011 (671) 735-2689
Fax: 011 (671) 734-8890


Water Resources Research Center
University of Hawaii
2540 Dole Street, Room 283
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Dr. Thomas Giambelluca, Director
Phone: (808) 956-7847
Fax: (808) 956-5044


Idaho Water Resources Research Institute
University of Idaho
1031 N. Academic Way, Rm 216
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

Dr. Alan Kolok, Director
Phone: (208) 885-5771
Fax: (208) 885-6431


Illinois Water Resources Center
391 NRB, MC-650
615 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Dr. Yu-Feng Lin, Director
Phone: (217) 300-2101


Indiana Water Resources Research Center
Purdue University
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Dr. Linda Stalker Prokopy, Director
Phone: (765) 496-2221
Fax: (765) 496-2422


Iowa Water Center
Department of Agronomy
Iowa State University
3212 Agronomy Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011-1010

Dr. Rick Cruse, Director
Phone: (515) 294-7850
Fax: (515) 294-3163


Kansas Water Resources Institute
Kansas State University Research and Extension
44 Waters Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506

Dr. Daniel L. Devlin, Director
Phone: (785) 532-0393
Fax: (785) 532-6563


Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute
University of Kentucky
233 Mining and Mineral Resources Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0107

Dr. Lindell E. Ormsbee, Director
Phone: (859) 257-1299
Fax: (859) 323-1049


Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute
Louisiana State University
3418G Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

Dr. Frank Tsai, Director
Phone: (225) 578-4945
Fax: (225) 578-5043


Maine Water Resources Research Institute
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
University of Maine
102 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5710

Dr. David Hart, Director
Phone: (207) 581-3257
Fax: (207) 581-3320


Maryland Water Resources Research Center
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742

Dr. Kaye L. Brubaker, Director
Phone: (301) 405-1965
Fax: (301) 405-2585


Water Resources Research Center
University of Massachusetts
209 Ag Engineering Bldg
250 Natural Resources Rd
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Marie-Francoise Hatte, Interim Director
Phone: (413) 545-5531


Institute of Water Research
Michigan State University
101A Manly Miles Building
1405 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5243

Dr. Dana M. Infante, Interim Director
Phone: (517) 432-7232
Fax: (517) 353-1812

Jeremiah Asher, Assistant Director
Phone: (517) 432-5586
Fax: (517) 353-1812


Water Resources Center
University of Minnesota
173 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

Dr. Jeffrey M. Peterson, Director
Phone: (612) 624-9282
Fax: (612) 625-1263


Water Resources Research Institute
Mailstop 9601
Bost Extension Building, Rm 404
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762-9601

Dr. Larry J. Krutz, Director
Phone: (662) 588-8974
Fax: (662) 325-8407


Missouri Water Resources Research Center
University of Missouri-Columbia
E2509 Laferre Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211

Dr. Baolin Deng, Director
Phone: (573) 882-4638
Fax: (573) 884-2766


Montana Water Center
Montana State University
Department of Ecology - LW 208
Bozeman, Montana 59717

Dr. Wyatt Cross, MSU Water Center Director
Phone: (406) 994-2473
Fax: (406) 994-1774


Nebraska Water Center
Robert B. Daugherty, Water for Food Institute
University of Nebraska, 153C Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street, P.O. Box 830979
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0979

Dr. Chittaranjan Ray, Director
Phone: (402) 472-3305
Fax: (402) 472-3610


Nevada Water Resources Research Institute
Division of Hydrologic Sciences
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, Nevada 89512

Charles Russell, Director
Phone: 702-862-5486
Fax: 702-862-5427

New Hampshire

NH Water Resources Research Center
University of New Hampshire
114 James Hall
56 College Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

William H. McDowell, Director
Phone: (603) 862-2249
Fax: (603) 862-4976

Michelle Daley, Associate Director
Phone: (603) 862-2341
Fax: (603) 862-4976

New Jersey

New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute
Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Dr. Christopher C. Obropta, Director
Phone: (848) 932-5711
Fax: (732) 932-8644

New Mexico

Water Resources Research Institute MSC 3167
New Mexico State University
Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001

Dr. Alexander G. ("Sam") Fernald, Director
Phone: (575) 646-4337
Fax: (575) 646-6418

New York

New York State Water Resources Institute
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University
1123 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-1901

Dr. Brian Rahm, Director
Phone: (607) 254-7163
Fax: (607) 255-2106

North Carolina

Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System
North Carolina State University
1575 Varsity Drive, Module #7
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695

Dr. Susan White, Director
Phone: (919) 513-1145
Fax: (919)-515-2839

Dr. John Fear, Deputy Director
Phone: (919) 515-9104
Fax: (919)-515-2839

North Dakota

North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute
Department #2890
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050

Dr. Xuefeng Chu, Director
Phone: (701) 231-9758
Fax: (701) 231-6185


Ohio Water Resources Center
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
The Ohio State University, 470 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1275

Dr. Linda Weavers, Co-Director
Phone: (614) 292-4061
Fax: (614) 292-3780

Dr. John Lenhart, Co-Director
Phone: (614) 688-8157
Fax: (614) 292-3780


Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
139 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-6010

Dr. Kevin Wagner, Director
Phone: (405) 744-5615
Fax: (405) 744-5339


Institute for Water and Watersheds
Oregon State University
210 Strand Agriculture Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3906

Dr. Todd Jarvis, Interim Director
Phone: (541) 737-4032
Fax: (541) 737-1887


Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center
The Pennsylvania State University
304 Forest Resources Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Dr. Andrew Warner, Director
Phone: (814) 863-6441
Fax: (888) 865-8454

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute
College of Engineering
P.O. Box 9040
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681-9040

Dr. Walter Silva Araya, Director
Phone: (787) 832-4040 ext 2134
Fax: (787) 832-0119

Rhode Island

Water Resources Center
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Rhode Island
318 Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering
2 East Alumni Avenue
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881

Dr. Vinka Oyanedel-Craver, Director
Phone: (401) 874-2784
Fax: (401) 874-2786

South Carolina

South Carolina Water Resources Center
Clemson University
509 Westinghouse Rd.
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Dr. Jeffrey S. Allen, Director
Phone: (864) 646-2145
Fax: (864) 656-4780

South Dakota

South Dakota Water Resources Research Institute
Agricultural Experiment Station
South Dakota State University
AE 107, Box 2120
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1496

Dr. Van Kelley, Director
Phone: (605) 688-4910
Fax: (605) 688-4917

Dr. Rachel McDaniel, Assistant Director
Phone: (605) 688-5669
Fax: (605) 688-4917


Tennessee Water Resources Research Center
University of Tennessee
600 Henley St., Suite 311
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4134

Dr. John S. Schwartz, Director
Phone: (865) 974-7721
Fax: (865) 974-1838

Mr. Tim Gangaware, Assistant Director
Phone: (865) 974-2151
Fax: (865) 974-1838


Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
2260 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-2260

Dr. John Tracy, Director
Phone: (979) 845-1851
Fax: (979) 845-0662


Center for Water Resources Research
Utah State University
8200 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-8200

Dr. David Tarboton, Director
Phone: (435)-797-3172
Fax: (435) 797-3663


Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center
George D. Aiken Center for Natural Resources
The University of Vermont
81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405

Dr. Breck Bowden, Director
Phone: (802) 656-2513
Fax: (802) 656-8683

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802

Dr. Kristin Wilson, Director
Phone: (340) 693-1392


Virginia Water Resources Research Center
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
210 Cheatham Hall, MC 0444
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0001

Dr. Stephen Schoenholtz, Director
Phone: (540) 231-0711
Fax: (540) 231-6673


State of Washington Water Research Center
Washington State University

Jonathan Yoder, Director
Professor, School of Economic Sciences
P.O. Box 646210
Hulbert 203b
Pullman, Washington 99164-6210
Phone: (509)-335-8596
Fax: (509) 335-1590

West Virginia

West Virginia Water Research Institute
West Virginia University
Box 6064
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6064

Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director
Phone: (304) 293- 6958
Fax: (304) 293-7822

Melissa O’Neal, Assistant Director
Phone: (304) 293-7006


Water Resources Institute
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
1975 Willow Drive - 2nd Floor
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1177

Dr. James P. Hurley, Director
Phone: (608) 262-0905
Fax: (608) 262-0591


Office of Water Programs
The University of Wyoming
Department 4309
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071

Mr. Greg Kerr, Director
Phone: (307) 766-6656

Annual Reports

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News and Events

2022 Funding Opportunities Closed
May 17, 2022

Please note that the 2022 104b and 104g funding opportunities are now closed.

Annual Reporting for Fiscal Year 2021
May 17, 2022

The FY2021 104b award has an end date of August 31, 2022:

Please see our FAQ for further clarification.

Update on Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations
April 18, 2022

Please see our FY22 Appropriations Update for details about the increase in WRRA appropriations for Fiscal Year 2022.

Status, Opportunities, and Priorities for 2020-2030

Water Resources Research Act Program—Current Status, Development Opportunities, and Priorities for 2020–30 was released on 24 November 2021. This report presents a 10-year vision for the WRRA Program that the USGS Water Resources Mission Area and 54 State water resources research institutes can use to help solve the Nation’s water problems.

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