About the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources

Mission & Origin

Located at the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources'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, in addition to sharing the results of water resources research and other information with the general public.

The Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CTIWR) 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.

    (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 CTIWR program comes from the USGS 104b Base Grant Program. The bulk of these Base Grant funds are distributed to water resource researchers in Connecticut through a competitive grants process.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 of Water Resources is currently located within the Department of Natural Resource and the Environment (NRE), in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut. Both the Director, Dr. Michael Dietz, and the Associate Director, Mr. James Hurd, are NRE faculty members.

Research & Training

The CTIWR 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.

Information Transfer

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.

Liaison Activities

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.

CTIWR Advisory Board

  • Peter Aarrestad
    (alt: Bill Hyatt)
    Director, Inland Fisheries Division
    Bureau of Natural Resources
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    79 Elm St.
    Hartford, CT 06106-1632
    Phone: (860) 424-4171
    Email: peter.aarrestad@ct.gov
    Chet Arnold
    Cooperative Extension
    University of Connecticut
    Haddam Extension Center
    1066 Saybrook Rd.
    Haddam, CT 06438
    Phone: (860) 345-4511
    Email: chester.arnold_jr@uconn.edu
    Ross Bagtzoglou
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of Connecticut
    UNIT 2037
    Storrs, CT 06269-2037
    Email: amvrossios.bagtzoglou@uconn.edu
    Chris Bellucci
    Supervising Environmental Analyst
    Bureau of Water Management and Land Reuse
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    79 Elm St.
    Hartford CT 06106 -5127
    Phone: (860) 424-3735
    Email: christopher.bellucci@ct.gov
    Jim MacBroom
    Milone and MacBroom
    99 Realty Drive
    Cheshire, CT 06410
    Phone: 203-271-1773
    Fax: 203-272-9733
    Email: jimm@miloneandmacbroom.com
    Web: http://www.miloneandmacbroom.com
    Lori Mathieu
    (alt: Darrell Smith)
    Supervisor, Environmental Analyst
    Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Section Source Water Protection Unit
    410 Capitol Avenue, MS#51WAT
    Hartford, CT 06134
    Phone:(860) 509-7333
    Fax:(860) 509-7359
    Email: lori.mathieu@ct.gov
    Web: www.dph.state.ct.us
    Jon Morrison
    Supervisory Hydrologist
    US Geological Survey
    New England Water Science Center
    101 Pitkin St.
    East Hartford, CT 06108
    Phone: (860) 291-6761
    Fax: (860) 291-6799
    Email: jmorriso@usgs.gov
    David Radka
    Connecticut Water Co.
    93 W. Main St.
    Clinton, CT 06413
    Phone: (860) 669-8636
    Fax: (860) 669-9326
    Email: dradka@ctwater.com
    Peter Siver
    Department of Botany
    Connecticut College
    Box 5605
    270 Mohegan Ave.
    New London, CT 06320-4196
    Phone: (860-439-2160
    Email: pasiv@conncoll.edu
  • CTIWR Record of Directors

  • Name
    Years of Service
    William Kennard
    1964 - 1976
    Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Victor Scrottron
    1976 - 1983
    Carol Burke
    1983 - 1986
    Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Donald Squires
    1986 - 1988
    Liberal Arts & Sciences
    David Miller
    1988 - 1993
    Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Eileen Jokinen (Acting)
    1993 - 1994
    Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Hugo Thomas
    1994 - 2000
    Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Glenn Warner
    2000 - 2018
    Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
    Michael Dietz
    2018 - present
    Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources