KWRRI Annual Technical Reports (USGS’s 104b Grant Program)


The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) is one of 54 federally authorized water resource institutes or centers throughout the United States and its territories. It operates under the authority of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-379 codified at 42 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.) through the Water Resources Research Institutes Program administered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). KWRRI’s annual base grant program under section 104(b) supports the following objectives specified in the Water Resources Research Act:

1. Plan, conduct, or otherwise arrange for competent applied and peer reviewed research that fosters: a. improvements in water supply reliability; b . the exploration of new ideas that address water problems and/or expand understanding of water and water-related phenomena; c. the entry of new research scientists into water resources fields; and d. the dissemination of research results to water managers and the public.

2. Cooperate closely with other colleges and universities from the State that have demonstrated capabilities for research, information dissemination, and graduate training in order to develop a statewide program designated to resolve State and regional water and related land problems.

3. Cooperate closely with other institutes and other organizations in the region to increase the effectiveness of the institutes and for the purpose of promoting regional coordination.

Each year, proposals are submitted to further these objectives and promote the national mission and objectives of the USGS, which are focused on providing water quality and quantity information, understanding water availability, addressing the influence of climate on water resources, and responding to water-related emerging needs. This report summarizes the projects funded in FY 2018 through the section 104(b) annual base grant program.

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