Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI)
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The mission of Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) is to provide the District of Columbia with interdisciplinary research support to identify DC water resources problems and contribute to their solution. In addition to coordinating and facilitating water resources-related research projects through seed grants provided to faculty members from the consortium of universities in the District, the Institute provides training and disseminates research findings that address water issues in the DC area and beyond. The Institute supports collaborative research that engages not only faculty members and students, but also a broad array of stakeholders to address regional water issues in a holistic way. Areas of focus include drinking water source protection, stormwater management and planning, water safety, and watershed stewardship. WRRI offers the following programs and services.
National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy is an innovative educational program designed to train and empower citizen-activists with an interest in watershed protection. Developed in partnership with the Anacostia Watershed Society, the 14-week course blends lectures by regional water experts with practical, field-based experiences working on low-impact development and green infrastructure installation.
Stormwater Management & Planning provides research-based solutions to address both flooding damage and water pollution due to combined sewer overflows. This program develops tools and provides training to assist regulators in assessing the effectiveness of best management practices to address flood damage, minimize storm water runoff, reduce soil erosion, maintain groundwater recharge, and minimize surface water and groundwater contamination from combined sewer overflows.
Water Quality Education programs promote awareness of ground, surface, and drinking water resources in the District of Columbia. Utilizing the EPA-Certified Environmental Quality Testing Lab at the Van Ness Campus, water quality program educators monitor various water sources in the District using random sampling and testing processes. Research findings are distributed to residents through publications, workshops, and special events. CAUSES is currently developing training and certification courses for Water Quality Lab Technicians and Waste Water Operators based on EPA standards.
Water Safety Training programs provide training to the general public in assessing and preventing both chemical and biological/pathogen contamination of bodies of water, including drinking water, swimming pools, retaining pools and tanks, rivers and streams, ponds and lakes, marshes and the ocean.