In 1964, a congressional act established a network of 54 water resource programs to be placed at land-grant universities across the nation. Virginia Tech was selected to house the Commonwealth’s water center in 1965 under the name "Virginia Water Resources Research Center" (“The Water Center”).
The Water Center began operations with federal and state funding administered through the Virginia Tech’s Research Division, and was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly as a state agency in 1982.
The center annually receives a federal base grant for program administration and development from the U.S. Geological Survey, under the Department of the Interior. Combined with funding secured from project-specific contracts and grants, our center has been recognized as one of the nation's outstanding water resources programs.
Presently, the Water Center is affiliated with the Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and is a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR).
We take pride in our continued efforts to offer funding to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students attending Virginia’s colleges and universities.
We are constantly looking for ways to support meaningful water research, and we are dedicated supporters of interdisciplinary research and educational projects.
The Water Center also acts as an information resource for interested citizens, water specialists and professionals. We produce “Virginia Water Central,” a quarterly newsletter about water issues important to Virginia's citizens, along with research bulletins, reports and other publications.