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). WRRI cooperates with the USGS to support, coordinate and facilitate research through the Annual Base Grants, National Competitive Grants, Coordination Grants, and in operating the WRRI-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.


Auburn University Water Resources Center
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 B. Megdal, Director
Phone: (520) 621-9591
Fax: (520) 621-7381

Dr. Jamie McEvoy, Associate Director
Phone: (520) 621-3627


Arkansas Water Resources Center
University of Arkansas
Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences 133
1371 W Altheimer Dr. 
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704

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. Erik Porse, Director
Phone: (530) 240-2612
Fax: (530) 832-8612


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

Dr. John Tracy, Director
Phone: (970) 491-6880

Dr. Karen Schlatter, Associate Director
Phone: (970) 491 2155


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

Martha Narvaez, Associate Director
Phone: (302) 831-4931

District of Columbia

Water Resource Research Institute
University of the District of Columbia
College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
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


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

Dr. Antarpreet Jutla, Co-Director
Phone: (352) 294-6898
Fax: (352) 392-3394

Dr. Mark Newman, Co-Director
Phone: (352) 294-7813
Fax: (352) 392-3394


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

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

Dr.  Husayn El Sharif, Associate Director
Phone: (561) 247-1430


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

Dr. Yuming Wen, Interim Director
Phone: (671) 735-2687
Fax: (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

Dr. Tao Yan, Associate Director
Phone: (808) 956-7848
Fax: (808) 956-5044


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

Dr. Margaret (Meg) Wolf, Acting Director
Phone: (509) 385-4184
Fax: (208) 885-6431


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

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

Dr. Amy Weckle, Assistant Director


Indiana Water Resources Research Center
Purdue University
225 S. University Steet
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Dr. Keith Cherkauer, Director
Phone: (765) 496-7982
Fax: (765) 497-1115


Iowa Water Center
Iowa State University
Department of Agronomy
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. Susan Metzeger, Director
Phone: (785) 341-5432


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

Dr. Jason Unrine, Director
Phone: (859) 257-3655
Fax: (859) 323-1049

Mr. Steven Evans, Associate Director
Phone: (859) 257-1832


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
University of Maine
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
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
University of Maryland
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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

Dr. Timothy Randhir, Director
Phone: (413) 545-3969

Marie-Francoise Hatte, Associate 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

Dr. 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

Mr. Joel Larson, Associate Director
Phone: (612) 624-3738


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

Dr. L. Jason 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 Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Bozeman, Montana 59715

Dr. Stephanie Ewing, Director
Phone: (406) 994-5247
Fax: (406) 994-1774


Nebraska Water Center
University of Nebraska
Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
2021 Transformation Dr., Ste. 3220, P.O. Box 886204
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-6204

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


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

Dr. Sean McKenna, Director
Phone: (775) 673-7305
Fax: 702-862-5427

Matt Bromley, Deputy Director
Phone: (775) 673-7683

New Hampshire

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

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

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

New Jersey

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

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

New Mexico

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

Dr. Alexander G. ("Sam") Fernald, Director
Phone: (575) 646-4337
Fax: (575) 646-2842

New York

New York State Water Resources Institute
Cornell University
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
B60 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-1901

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

North Carolina

NC Water Resources Research Institute
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7912
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695

Dr. Susan White, Director
Phone: (919) 513-1145
Fax: (919) 515-7095

Dr. John Fear, Deputy Director
Phone: (919) 515-9104
Fax: (919) 515-7095

North Dakota

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

Dr. Xinhua Jia, Director
Phone: (701) 231-6453
Fax: (701) 231-6185


Ohio Water Resources Center
The Ohio State University
311 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 Center
Oklahoma State University
110 Noble Research Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-6010

Dr. Kevin Wagner, Director
Phone: (405) 744-7093


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
120 Land and Water Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Dr. Jonathan Duncan, Director
Phone: (814) 865-7554
Fax: (888) 865-8454

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Water Resources and Environmental Research Institute
University of Puerto Rico
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
University of Rhode Island
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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
South Dakota State University
Agricultural Experiment Station
AE 107, Box 2120
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1496

Dr. Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Interim Director
Phone: (605) 688-5141
Fax: (605) 688-4917

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


Tennessee Water Resources Research Center
The 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 AgriLife Research
1001 Holleman Dr. East, 2118 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77840

Dr. T. Allen Berthold, Interim Director
Phone: (979) 314-2467


The Utah 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
The University of Vermont
George D. Aiken Center for Natural Resources
81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405

Dr. Anne Jefferson, Director
Fax: (802) 656-8683

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute
University of the Virgin Islands
2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802

Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes, 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. Kevin McGuire, Director
Phone: (540) 231-6017

Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, Associate Director
Phone: (540) 231-6616


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

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


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

Dr. Christy Remucal, Interim Director
Phone: (608) 262-0905
Fax: (608) 262-0591

Dr. Jennifer Hauxwell, Associate Director
Phone: (608) 263-4756


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

To obtain an annual report, first select a year from the Year menu. The available reports for that year will then appear in the Reports menu.

To obtain annual reports for 2017 and earlier, please send us a request with the year and Institute you want.

Status, Opportunities, and Priorities for 2020-2030 (Circular 1488)

Water Resources Research Act Program—Current Status, Development Opportunities, and Priorities for 2020–30 (Circular 1488) 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.

News and Events

2024 104g Funding Opportunity Notices
April 18, 2024

The FY24 WRRA 104g funding announcements were posted April 18 at grants.gov. Proposals are due by 5 pm ET on May 30, 2024.

Revised budget templates and supporting materials for 104g proposals are available to download here. The revised budget justification template must be used for all proposals, including subawards.

2024 104b Funding Opportunity Notice
April 11, 2024

The FY24 WRRA 104b Annual Base Grant funding announcement (#G24AS00537) was posted April 11 at https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/353497. Proposals are due by 5 pm ET on May 22, 2024.

Revised budget templates and supporting materials for 104b proposals are available to download here. The revised budget justification template must be used for all proposals, including subawards.

Sponsored Research of the National Institutes for Water Resources
May 17, 2023

The latest issue of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education (JCWRE) features important water research by researchers and students studying at The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) institutions of higher learning. This research was supported by USGS WRRA 104b and 104g grants.

The USGS Water Resources Research Act Program (Fact Sheet 2023-3031)

The U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Research Act Program Fact Sheet 2023-3031 was released in December 2023. The fact sheet covers the history, goals, and capabilities of the program. Check it out to learn more about the WRRA program.

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