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WSU Research Water


Ensuring a safe, abundant, and sustainable supply

In the winter of 2015, the snowpack dropped to record lows in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. When summer heat arrived, the scanty snowmelt left rivers, streams, and reservoirs running low—just as farmers needed water for growing season.

Water is critical for production of food and energy. To conserve the region’s limited water supply, WSU scientists are rethinking food and energy production systems. Teaming with one of the National Institutes for Water Resources, housed on the Pullman campus, they seek ways to make food and energy production systems more water-efficient. They also explore ways to manage finite water resources across a range of competing uses.

Research areas

  • Safe and abundant water supply
  • Effective water management
  • Water use and healthy environments
  • Aquatic ecosystems