Water resource issues of the 21st century are monumentally complex, transcending cultures and crossing state and national borders. The University of Idaho prepares students to address these issues through the Water Resources Program, a graduate-level curriculum encompassing study, research, networking and community involvement. Water Resources includes a research and outreach initiative, Waters of the West (WoW), led by nine WR faculty. WoW works off-campus to help communities reach solutions to their water basin problems. Its method is to deploy an interdisciplinary team of WR faculty and students to perform an integrated analysis of a water basin, assimilating economic, environmental, and social characteristics of a water basin.
UI also administers the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute. IWRRI performs research on issues of water supply, water quality and water management affecting the State of Idaho and the region. By drawing on faculty expertise within Idaho’s university system, IWRRI is able to create inter-institutional research teams to address our most pressing problems.