Who We Are
WRRI is a unit of The University of North Carolina System and is headquartered at NC State University. It was established in 1965 by executive action of UNC President William C. Friday. NC WRRI is one of 54 institutes of NIWR, the National Institutes of Water Resources, that were authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 () to administer and promote federal and state partnerships in research and information transfer on water relates issues. A Water Resource Research Institute is located in each State, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While national guidance is provided by NIWR, WRRI receives its federally appropriated funding through the U.S. Geological Survey’s State Water Research Institute Program. State funding is provided by the General Assembly via NC State University. The Institute also arranges research partnerships and competes for federal, state and foundation grants and contracts.
An advisory committee (), representing state and federal agencies, industry, local government, and non-governmental stakeholder groups, helps the Institute identify priority issues to address through our research and outreach activities.
In 2010, NC State University, as managing entity of WRRI, was designated by the EPA as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management. This led to a Memorandum of Understanding between the EPA, NCSU, WRRI, and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources to help communities identify watershed-based problems and develop and implement locally sustainable solutions.
What We Do
Funding: We provide funding to researchers and students at North Carolina’s institutions of higher education working on a suite of water-related research topics.
Education: We offer education and training workshops, seminars, and forums to practitioners and professionals on the latest regulations, research, and best practices for protecting water resources.
Communication: We manage several listservs aimed at facilitating communication among researchers, students, and professionals about topics of concern, national, state, and local initiatives, and opportunities for jobs, funding, volunteer work, providing public comment, etc. We also publish a quarterly newsletter and research reports from the projects we fund.
Administration: We administer the Urban Water Consortium and its subgroup, the Stormwater Group and assist them with research related to drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater priorities.
Watershed management: We help communities identify watershed-based problems and develop and implement locally sustainable solutions
For a comprehensive list of our activities during the last year, read our 2-page “Year In Summary” ().
History of NC WRRI Directors
Previous directors were:
2009-2012: Michael P. Voiland, Ph.D.
2005-2008: David H. Moreau, Ph.D.
1996-2004: Kenneth H. Reckhow, Ph.D.
1983-1995: David H. Moreau, Ph.D.
1977-1982: Neil S. Grigg, Ph.D.
1965-1976: David H. Howells