USGS 104g FY17 RFP Released

12/15/2016: The annual Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Request for Proposals has been released by USGS for Fiscal Year 2017.

MassDEP announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website, which serves as the state’s primary public education resource related to nonpoint source pollution.

The Toolkit includes sections focused on the major categories of nonpoint source pollution, 127 fact sheets on best management practices to reduce pollution, and a collection of “Interactive Scenarios” based on Massachusetts landscapes.

The Interactive Scenarios allow users to explore ways to reduce pollution and improve water quality in a variety of highly detailed landscapes that are typical in Massachusetts, including residential, agricultural, urban, roads, construction, and shoreline restoration. 

To view the Clean Water Toolkit, go to  For more information, contact Malcolm Harper at Malcolm.harper[at][dot]us .

WRIP project in the news

UMass Geosciences researcher David Boutt is establishing a high-resolution map and a database of natural chemical signatures – hydrogen and oxygen isotopes found in surface water, precipitation and groundwater – to better understand the isotopic composition of waters in the state and how groundwater is changing as a result of human activities. This project was made possible by a Water Resources Research Institutes grant from USGS, administered by the Ma. Water Resources Research Center. Our research fellow Travis Drury is working with Dr. Boutt on this project. Read more...

WRRC Joins Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About Vulnerable Infrastructure Systems.
1.2 million miles of US water mains translates to 26 miles of pipes for every mile of interstate highway. And, while the interstate system was built in the late 20th century, many of the water systems that country’s biggest cities rely on were built in the 1800s or early 1900s. That network is aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse.
Dr. Robert Hirsch of USGS gives keynote at New England Graduate Student Water Symposium

Dr. Robert Hirsch, USGS Research Hydrologist, will deliver the keynote at the 2016 New England Graduate Student Water Symposium, Saturday September 10th, 2016 at 8:30 am in the Elab 2 Auditorium on the campus of UMass Amherst. He will talk about Reflections on Water Resources in a Changing World.

WRRC moving to new location on campus

on August 15, 2016 WRRC left its home of 50 some years in Blaisdell House and moved in the Agriculture Engineering Building on campus.

IWR RFP Released

The Request for Proposals for the competitive NIWR (Section 104, WRRA) grant funded by the Institute for Water Resources, USACE has been released.

Jerry Schoen retires

After 26 years with the Water Resources Research Center, Jerry Schoen retired on May 13th, 2016.

Competition to Solve Water Problems

On March 31, the Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with other Federal and State agencies, will launch two Nation-wide prize “crowd-sourcing” competitions each with a $20,000 prize purse that seek better solutions to:

1.       Detect Internal Erosion in Earthen Dams, Canals, and Levees

2.       Pass Juvenile Fish Migrating Downstream Over or Around Tall Dams

Lead in drinking water

With the Flint Michigan news about lead in drinking water so prominent, we are sharing information passed along from the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission.