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Male pulls a boat through a wetland while female pushes boat from behind.

Fresh water is a critical resource undergoing increasing impacts and demands. Understanding the value of fresh water, the nature and true costs of societal impacts, and then developing tools to protect and manage water resources is increasingly critical. NRRI water scientists are leaders in using a "systems approach" for developing science-based tools and technologies to characterize, protect, maintain and restore water and habitat quality of aquatic systems. These activities contribute to better watershed planning to achieve the best possible use of our natural resources to balance their ecological, societal and economic value.

GOAL: Develop science-based tools, materials and technologies to assess and protect our water resources, and restore them if degraded.

Initiative Director: Lucinda Johnson,, (218) 788-2651

For more information on this initiative, please navigate to a specific research area.