Water Resources Center

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The University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center provides leadership in freshwater management through cutting-edge research, educational opportunities for students and professionals, and community outreach. Authorized by Congress as one of the nation’s 54 water resources research institutes, we also connect the research expertise at the University to research problems at the national level.

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What we're working on

See our diverse portfolio of programs, projects and events.

Programs and Expertise

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Where we're going

Read our strategic plan which guides our work and collaborations for the next several years.

Mission and Vision

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What we've accomplished

Learn about our impacts and activities in 2023, our sphere of influence and metrics.

Annual Highlights Report

Upcoming Events

  • Rethinking Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Place

    Thursday March 14, 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Green stormwater infrastructure can function reliably in combination with grey infrastructure under a wide range of conditions, with important environmental justice considerations in sustainable stormwater management.