The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) is a Federally-funded program of research, training, and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state. Its mission is to:
- sponsor research on all aspects of water quality, water quantity, water use, and the management of water resources
- train students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels to become the next generation of water resources professionals for New Jersey
- facilitate the transfer of information from researchers to the public and to water resource managers
The Institute is part of a national system of state institutes, established in 1965 by Congress. The system now has 54 institutes, located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The institute system is administered by the U.S. Geological Survey, through their Water Resource Division. The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), an organization made up of all the institutes, serves as a source of information about the institutes and about water resources in general. NJWRRI is part of the Mid-Atlantic Region of NIWR, along with the Institutes in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
NJWRRI is based at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and is located on the George H. Cook Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Its activities are guided by an Advisory Council, which consists of representatives of the academic community, government agencies and the private sector. With Congressional funding, the Institute supports an annual research program which addresses priority issues developed by the Advisory Council in consultation with water resource professionals. Projects funded by our research program involve undergraduate and graduate students, providing them with essential hands-on training and experience. The Institute also oversees the submission of proposals to a nationally-competitive grant program for large-scale research projects administered jointly by NIWR and the U.S. Geological Survey.