The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) is part of a nationwide association of 54 federally authorized water resource institutes and centers located at land grant universities throughout the United States and its territories.  KWRRI has over 50 years of involvement in water resources issues and has established itself as an important link between water-related personnel at academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. KWRRI manages a wide variety of research projects, provides technical support to its stakeholders, and educates and trains the next generation of water resource experts.

Photo: Dr. Lindell Ormsbee and KWRRI's Spring 2020 Interns (L to R: Alex Alvarado, Erika Hernandez, Natalie Fields, Ashley Hall, and Tahiya Tarannum).

Dr. Ormsbee and Spring 2020 Interns

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Our Annual Symposium

Each year, KWRRI sponsors the Kentucky Water Resources Annual Symposium. The symposium brings together researchers, personnel from local, state, and federal agencies, undergraduate and graduate students, participants from volunteer groups and NGOs, and members if the public.

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Our Projects

KWRRI has been engaged in projects across the Commonwealth since its inception in 1964. The Institute often works on projects related to watershed management, water sustainability, and water infrastructure.

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Our Sponsored Research

One of the most important ways that KWRRI supports research is through the administration of the USGS Annual Base Grant program authorized by the provisions of section 104b of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. Under Section 104b of the Water Resources Research Act, annual base grants are awarded to serve the needs of the state, region and nation by supporting and encouraging research and technology transfer in the area of water resources. 

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