The mission of the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) is to provide the District of Columbia with interdisciplinary research support that identifies water resource issues and contributes to solutions. In addition to coordinating and facilitating water resource-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.

Event Announcement

Join us at the American Water Resources Association‘s 2020 National Capital Region Water Resources Virtual Symposium on Friday, October 9, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This one-day symposium brings together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss innovations in water research, technology, policy, and management to respect and reflect the value of water in the National Capital Region, as well as nationally and internationally.

The theme of the 2020 Water Resources Symposium is Water Management in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Digital Solutions & Smart Technology Applications, a critical and futuristic topic that will be discussed by featured speakers in the plenary session. We hope that you will make the most of the opportunity to meet other water resources professionals across the region. For registration and more information regarding this virtual event, please visit here.

Event Recap

The 8th annual National Capital Region Water Resources Virtual Symposium was a major success and one for the books! For event recaps, please visit here to access the conference’s virtual presentations.


Staff Contact

Dr. Tolessa Deksissa
Director, Water Resources Research Institute

Sebhat Tefera
Project Specialist for Environmental Testing Lab

Sania Rose
Project Assistant for Environmental Quality Testing Lab