The U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources (IWR) is a field operating activity under the staff supervision of the Director for Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE).
The Institute is the designated USACE center of expertise for integrated water resources management (IWRM), focusing on planning analysis and hydrologic engineering (Hydrologic Engineering Center) and on the collection, management and dissemination of Civil Works and navigation information (Navigation Data Center), including the Nation’s waterborne commerce data (Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center).
IWR was established in 1969 with the approval of U.S. Congressional Committees in order “to enhance the capability of the Corps of Engineers to develop and manage the Nation’s water resources, within the scope of the Corps’ responsibilities, by developing essential improvements in planning to be responsive to the changing concerns of our society”.
The Institute’s mission is to facilitate the adaptation of the Civil Works Program to future needs by providing the USACE with the capability for developing forward-looking analysis and state-of-the-art methodologies for watershed planning, ecohydrology, evaluation methods and national assessments of water supply, demand, drought and floods.
IWR fulfills this mission by providing: (a) analysis of emerging water resources trends and issues; (b) state-of-the-art planning and hydrologic engineering methods, models and training and (c) national data management and results-oriented program and project information.
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