Invitation: Speak Up Regarding the Great Lakes
You have a stake in the lakes. You can help shape future investment our sister organization, Wisconsin Sea Grant, will place in research, education and outreach as part of a 2018-21 strategic plan.

Looking for a Speaker?
Our staff members are willing to deliver public presentations on water resources topics. Email Moira Harrington at or call (608) 263-5371 for assistance on arranging talks.

Website Redesign on the Way
If you have trouble finding material on this website, particularly related to research projects, please contact Anne Moser, senior special librarian, Wisconsin Water Library. Her contact information is and (608) 262-3069. The Water Resources Institute website will be redesigned in the near future. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

Projects and Publications
Wisconsin's water facts A resource guide to aquaculture Water Library for Kids
Wisconsin's Water Library

Water Resources Research
National Competitive Grants Program

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including (but not limited to) evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Competition water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices. More details...

Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Competition

The Wisconsin Ground Water Coordinating Council announces the State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for project proposals to the Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program. Approximately $320,000 to $420,000 will be available for new projects for fiscal year 2017 (beginning July 1, 2016). Proposals are due by 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Complete instructions for proposal submission are now available on this site.

Wisconsin Water Resources Institute

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (UW-WRI) promotes research, training and information dissemination to effectively confront water resources problems. It was formed in 1964 and is one of 54 such institutes at land grant universities in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. The institutes are the primary link between water experts at the nation’s universities and those who manage and use water. Collectively, the programs are known as the Water Resources Research Institute Program, which is authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. The program is administered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The UW-WRI is housed in the Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC) of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ASC also houses the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, which has a complementary mission of research, education and outreach related to water – the coastlines and estuaries of the Great Lakes.



ASC Publications Store

The ASC Publications Store features a collection of the most popular publications from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institutes, including brochures, fact sheets and posters. Many are free.


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