The Water Resources Research Institute, which operated at Oregon State University from 1960 to 2000, supported water resources research and technology transfer activities in Oregon. The Institute funded faculty research in many disciplines, including civil engineering, entomology, fisheries and wildlife, anthropology, agricultural economics, and geosciences. The Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability (CWEST) continued the work of the Water Resources Research Institute from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, the Institute for Water and Watersheds became the state water resources research institute for Oregon.
The Institute for Water and Watersheds (and previously the Water Resources Research Institute) is one of 54 state- or territory-based institutes established by the 1964 Federal Water Resources Research Act to conduct and disseminate research on water resources and train new research scientists, engineers, and technicians. Through this program, the Institute receives federal matching funds from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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