Established in 2012 in Baton Rouge, the Water Institute of the Gulf functions as an integrated, technology-focused entity to solve difficult water issues. In addition to coastal management and water systems, the institute studies changes in fisheries, vegetation, climate and sediment.
A not-for-profit independent research institute, the organization is dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal and deltaic systems and to applying scientific and technological solutions for the benefit of society. The institute builds collaboration with public, private and academic partners to preserve and protect the U.S. Gulf Coast environment, a major source of human, natural and industrial resources. Additionally, the institute develops and shares cutting-edge technology with the goal of advancing water management efforts worldwide.
In December 2013, the Water Institute announced plans for the Water Campus in Baton Rouge. The 30-acre campus will house the Water Institute, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, public education exhibits, a River Modeling Center and more.
Public and private research efforts in Louisiana and the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetland Research Center conduct research to find solutions to water management challenges on an ongoing basis.
Many universities play a key role in this research:
- Louisiana State University’s School of the Coast and Environment is a leader in coastal science, engineering and modeling.
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette concentrates on species, ecosystem and hydrologic systems management.
- Tulane University’s areas of study include the impacts of sea-level change on coastal environments.
- Southern University has focus areas in both water resource management and bioremediation.
- Dillard University has an emerging environmental sciences program.