In 1964, Congress passed the Water Resources Research Act, establishing water research institutions like the Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC) at land-grant universities throughout the United States. AWRC, located at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is part of a network of 54 water institutes. AWRC, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR), has helped local, state and federal agencies learn to manage Arkansas' water resources for more than 30 years.
The Center's statewide mission is to:
- Arrange for competent research that addresses water problems and enhances our understanding.
- Aid the entry of new research scientists into water resources fields.
- Help to train future water scientists and engineers.
- Transfer results of sponsored research to water managers and the public.
Each year several research faculty participate in AWRC projects with the help of students who gain valuable experience doing environmentally related work across the state. AWRC research projects have studied irrigation and runoff, innovative domestic wastewater disposal systems, ground water modeling and landuse mapping, erosion and pollution, water quality, and ecosystems. For more information, visit our Projects page.
The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of professionals from educational institutions, environmental organizations, water supply districts, and government agencies throughout Arkansas. This committee has the opportunity to evaluate proposals submitted annually to the USGS 104B program, to recommend session topics included in the annual research conference, and to provide general advice to the AWRC Director and staff.