First established in 1952, TWRI was designated as the water resources institute for the state of Texas in 1964 by the Texas Legislature and Texas Governor after Congress passed the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964. The WRRA established water resources institutes in each state and provided funds for research on solving water issues. Today, TWRI is one of 54 institutes in the National Institute for Water Resources, which serves as the contact between individual institutes and the federal funding sponsor, U.S. Geological Survey.
Water Resources Research and Extension Collaborations
Working with university faculty and water resources professionals, TWRI helps address priority water resources issues in the state. We collaborate through joint projects with universities; federal, state and local governmental organizations; and numerous others, including engineering firms, commodity groups and environmental organizations.
Water Quality Improvement
Our Water Quality Improvement Program helps stakeholders identify, develop and implement effective management strategies to address local water quality concerns. Throughout Texas, we assist communities with water quality evaluations, watershed assessments and watershed-based plans. We partner with AgriLife Extension to successfully engage the public in identifying and implementing effective strategies and to demonstrate and evaluate innovative best management practices. We work with AgriLife Research to evaluate watershed conditions using modeling and water quality monitoring and assessment.
Water Sustainability and Security
Our Water Sustainability and Security Program centers on securing municipal and agricultural water supplies. Increased demand coupled with declining supplies threatens the state’s water resources, and prolonged drought and invasive species add further pressure to existing water supplies.
To secure water for the future, Texas needs new technologies, increased conservation, policy innovations and diverse sources of water. We collaborate with researchers and extension professionals throughout the state and nation and work with all levels of governmental agencies to provide science-based solutions to these problems and the education and outreach required to ensure execution of those solutions.
Water Resources Outreach and Training
Our Water Resources Outreach and Training Program meets the needs of not only interested citizens and landowners, but also water professionals and students.
Research has shown that the more Texans know about their water resources, the more likely they are to participate in water conservation and protection. Our training programs for the public convey best management practices essential to managing our water resources. We also raise public awareness about water resources and the importance of practicing good water stewardship through our publications, social media channels and websites.
Water professionals need to keep abreast of emerging water management tools to address critical water issues, and our courses effectively transfer new science and technology from universities to these professionals. As a leader in watershed planning in the state, we conduct a variety of trainings for water professionals who are working on watershed planning programs and total maximum daily load plans.
Investing in the future, TWRI also awards funds to graduate students studying water resources at Texas universities through the U.S. Geological Survey research grants and to Texas A&M University graduate students through the W.G. Mills Scholarship Program.