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About the Institute

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) works to foster and communicate research and educational outreach programs focused on water resources science and management issues in Texas and beyond.

Read our 2017 Annual Report and learn about some of our recent project highlights and how we are making every drop count in Texas and beyond.

TWRI 2017 Annual Report


At the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), we have helped solve Texas’ water issues through research, education and outreach for 65 years.

Established in 1952, TWRI became the state’s official water resources institute in 1964. Today, we are one of 54 institutes within the National Institutes for Water Resources, supported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

We provide science-based, community-supported solutions for the state’s pressing water quantity and quality challenges through internal expertise and external collaborations.

We are a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. TWRI also collaborates with all Texas A&M System units engaged in water resources research and outreach, maintaining strong collaborations with the Texas A&M College of Engineering, the Water Management and Hydrological Science Program in the College of Geosciences, and the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Engaging with local stakeholders and the water resources community in Texas, we provide:

  • project development and management
  • stakeholder engagement
  • watershed and aquifer assessment and planning
  • bacterial source tracking
  • water conservation research
  • geospatial analysis
  • professional training
  • public outreach

We connect research teams and communities to multidisciplinary expertise by serving as a gateway to a national network of water institutes, the Texas A&M University System and other universities and water resources organizations.


Restoring & Protecting

Our Water Quality Improvement Program works with stakeholders to use sound science and public participation to not only restore impaired water bodies but also proactively protect unimpaired watersheds across Texas.

Sustaining & Enhancing

Our Water Sustainability Program centers on increasing the value and the smarter use of municipal, industrial and agricultural water supplies to meet the increasing demand from Texas’ growing population.

Engaging & Educating

Our Water Resources Outreach and Training Program serves interested citizens, students and water professionals to enhance their understanding of critical water issues and management practices.

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