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Mission & Values


Through integrated research, community engagement, and outreach efforts, the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute promotes understanding of critical water issues and supports the sustainable use and conservation of water resources to benefit communities, ecosystems, and economies.

NC WRRI and the 53 other water institutes that are part of the National Institutes for Water Resources were created with a common mission to:

  • Plan, facilitate, and conduct research to aid in the resolution of state and regional water problems
  • Promote technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results
  • Provide for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research
  • Provide for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act


WRRI supports sound science through merit-based peer reviewed research.

WRRI supports the development and training of the next generation of water resource experts across multiple disciplines.

WRRI understands that water-related challenges are complex; we embrace interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches that incorporate research, outreach, and education.

WRRI serves as a bridge between research and practice, education stakeholders and transferring information in an unbiased and transparent manner.

Addressing complex challenges and meeting varied community needs requires a diversity of voices and experiences. WRRI works with partners and communities to address the most pressing water concerns across the state.