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Mission and Vision

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) was formed to provide forward-looking analysis and research in developing planning methodologies to aid the Civil Works program. IWR is a field operating activity under the supervision of the Director for Civil Works, USACE.

IWR fulfills its mission by supporting the USACE Civil Works Directorate, Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs), and District offices by providing: (a) analysis of emerging water resources trends and issues, (b) state-of-the-art planning and hydrologic engineering methods, models and training, and (c) national data management of results-oriented program and project information across Civil Works business lines.

The Institute is the USACE center of expertise for integrated water resources management, focusing on planning analysis and hydrologic engineering and on the collection, management and dissemination of Civil Works and navigation information, including the nation’s waterborne commerce data. It also serves as the USACE center of expertise for collaborative planning and environmental conflict resolution.

Technical Assistance

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  • Water Resource Trends and Emerging Issues
  • Support on CW Strategic Plan
  • Policy Development Support
  • National Studies
  • Investment Decision Support Methods and Models
  • Multi-Objective/Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Plan Formulation
  • Socio-Economic Analyses
  • Environmental Evaluation
  • Global Climate Change
  • Technical Assistance and Capacity Development
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • National Interface
  • International Outreach
  • Surface Hydrology
  • Hydrologic Statistics
  • River Hydraulics
  • Ecosystem Function Models
  • River Forecasting
  • Reservoir Systems and Water Management