Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW)
The IWW is the state water resources research institute for Oregon and is one of 54 state- or territory-based, institutes established by the 1964 Federal Water Resources Research Act. Through this program, the IWW receives federal matching funds from the US Geological Survey to support water resources research and technology transfer activities in Oregon. In this role, the IWW carries on the water research tradition established by The Oregon Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI) which operated from 1960-2000 and the Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWESt) which operated from 2000-2005. The IWW is a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources.
The IWW is the hub for OSU’s diverse water research community that encompasses more than 125 faculty who teach and conduct research in areas related to fresh water supply and quality. Its role is to catalyze water research by:
- Assembling diverse research teams and leading interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary water research projects.
- Helping policy makers and water managers collaborate with university faculty as they seek solutions to complex water issues.
- Offering training and access to water quality and stable isotope analysis facilities through a shared laboratory called the IWW Collaboratory.
- Encouraging community and collaboration among water faculty, students and water managers by sponsoring events and producing a weekly campus water newsletter.
- Assisting faculty with project development and management.