Water is essential for life and the enhancement of both water quantity and quality has become issues of major public concern.
Addressing water-related issues is the mission of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute at Mississippi State University. Formerly a part of MSU's GeoResources Institute, the WRRI relocated to the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center March 1.
"The institute has become a statewide center for expertise in water and associated land use," said George Hopper, director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "Our goal is to build on the water-quality work that has been done and expand further into the other complex water resource issues.”
The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute was established in 1964 as one of 54 institutes forming a network of research efforts to solve water problems in the state, region, and nation. In 1983, the Mississippi Legislature formally designated the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute as a state research institute.
"The move of the Water Resources Research Institute is a positive move for Mississippi and the university,” Hopper said. "The Forest and Wildlife Research Center expertise in environmental water quality, aquatic ecology, aquaculture, limnology, hydrology, economics, management, policy, geo-spatial technologies, and invasive species fits well with water-quality and other work of the institute.”