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Mission and Origins
Research and Training
The Connecticut Institute of Water Resources is part of a national network of 54 state water institutes created by the Federal Water Resources Research Act of 1964 to promote federal/state partnerships in water resources research and information transfer.
Located at the University of Connecticut, the Institute's mission is to cooperate closely with all colleges and universities in the state to resolve state and regional water related problems and provide a strong connection between water resource managers and the academic community.
|Glenn Warner, Director, Glenn.Warner@uconn.edu
James Hurd, Associate Director, James.Hurd_jr@uconn.edu
W.B. Young Building, Rm. 227
The Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (IWR) mission is stipulated by the Federal Water Resources Research Act and involves two programmatic responsibilities.
The first is to plan, conduct and otherwise arrange for competent research that fosters
(a) the entry of new research scientists into the water resources fields
(b) the training and education of future water scientists, engineers and technicians
(c) the preliminary exploration of new ideas that address water problems or expand understanding of water and water related phenomenon and
(d) the dissemination of research results to water managers and the public.
The second responsibility is to cooperate closely with other colleges and universities in Connecticut that have demonstrated capabilities for research information dissemination, and graduate training in order to develop a statewide program designed to resolve state and regional water and related land problems.
Core funding for the IWR program consists of a base grant from the USGS, approximately $92,000 last year. The bulk of these funds are distributed to water resource researchers in Connecticut through a competitive grant program, where these federal monies must be matched with non-federal funds on a 2:1 basis. The water resources institutes are required by law to be located at each state’s land grant university (or some other site designated by the governor). The Connecticut Institute is currently located within the Department of Natural Resource and the Environment (NRE), in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut. Both the Director, Dr. Glenn Warner, and the Associate Director, Mr. James Hurd, are NRE faculty members.
IWR responds to topical environmental issues in Connecticut through a
state-wide Advisory Board. The Institute
facilitates applied and basic research in response to annual priorities
established by these support bodies. The research program also supports
the training of future water resource professionals by providing financial
support to graduate students.
Water related information is disseminated to the state of Connecticut through its web site, seminar series, reports and special workshops. The Institute’s web site contains abstracts of recent research projects, the current year’s seminar series, a publication database, special project information and links to other water related sites. The seminar series provides a forum for all water-related interests to present and discuss related environmental issues. IWR maintains a library of its research and special reports, as well as selected USGS publications for Connecticut. Through its Digital Archives Project the institute has been able to make many of these documents available over the web or in CD format.
By serving on selected state-wide committees and meeting with its Advisory
Board, IWR maintains a close consultation and collaboration with various
state and federal environmental agencies, leading water resources officials
and interested members of the public. IWR also participates in the College
of Agriculture’s Water Team.
Institute of Water Resources, W.B. Young Building Room 308