The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) was established 51 years ago as a member of the National Institutes for Water Research (NIWR) under the Water Resources Act (WRRA) of 1964 with the charge of (1) arranging for competent research that addresses water problems or expands understanding of water and water-related phenomena, (2) aiding the entry of new research scientists into the water resources fields, (3) helping to train future water scientists and engineers, and (4) disseminating sponsored research results to water managers and the public.
In the spirit of the original charge of the WRRA of 1964, the mission of the WRC has three components:
- To conduct and facilitate applied water-related research.
- To foster education and training of future water professionals.
- To serve as a nexus between the academic community, water resource managers and water stakeholders.
These three elements of the WRC mission are the fundamental goals supporting the WRC vision, objectives, strategies, and assessment metrics described in this Strategic Plan.