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GOLDEN, Colo., March 22, 2016 – To celebrate United Nations World Water Day and the White House Water Summit, Colorado School of Mines announces the establishment of a Water Resources Institute as part of its effort to guarantee water as a safe and reliable resource to both the human population and the environment.

As a limited resource, particularly in the western U.S., Mines seeks to improve the treatment, use, re-use and delivery of water through creation of dependable infrastructure and investment for a better water management strategy.

“The formation of the Mines Water Resources Institute brings together all of the water researchers at Mines and provides a framework to more efficiently couple the various disciplines so that more complex projects can be addressed,” said Anthony Dean, Mines vice president for research and technology transfer.

With more than 100 Mines faculty and associated researchers working on the topic of water, Mines conducts multidisciplinary research in diverse areas that matter to people and industry, including:

  • Impacts of climate change on water resources
  • Finding new ways to treat and beneficially use reclaimed wastewater, stormwater and water co-produced with oil and gas
  • Modeling engineered and natural water systems to improve our ability to forecast water cycles, use, supply and shortages
  • Public perception and social policy associated with the energy water-nexus
  • Developing decision support tools to aid stakeholders in making state-of-the art water policy decisions

The new Mines institute will bring together the National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center, Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) (a partnership with Stanford, UC Berkeley and New Mexico State), Mines Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC), Mines Integrated Groundwater Modeling center (IGWMC), Mines Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP), and the Mines ConocoPhillips Center for Sustainable Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology (WE2ST) and the Mines Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA).

Water research at Mines is funded by diverse sources including government programs such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, NSF Water Sustainability and Climate, NSF Sustainability Research Networks, EPA National Priorities program, and the Energy Department’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) program. Additionally, approximately 50 percent of the research funding at Mines is provided by industry.

Mines offers undergraduate and graduate water education programs in several departments. The interdisciplinary graduate program in Hydrologic Science and Engineering is one of the largest in the country and is viewed by water experts as one of the top water resources programs.


Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3541 | kgilbert@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Digital Media and Communications Manager, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3088 | kmorton@mines.edu