The Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute (LWRRI) is federally mandated to perform a statewide function of promoting research, education and services in water resources. To support these activities, the federal government provides annual funding for research grants and to administer the grant program. The Institute also receives state funding, partially as a match for the federal funding. The Institute also engages in contract research independent of the federal program.
Specifically, the purpose of the Institute is to:
- Plan, facilitate and conduct research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems,
- Promote technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results
- Provide for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research
- Provide for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act
The Institute is a multidisciplinary center for addressing water issues in the state, drawing on faculty from multiple departments and Universities. In this regard, the Institute serves as a resource for state officials who want unbiased, scientifically defensible information on how to address the State’s water problems.