The Institute of Watershed Research and Management (IWRM) at Western Carolina University is an interdisciplinary association of faculty and staff from across the university who are devoted to the promotion of sustainable watershed management through research, education, and outreach.
A fundamental objective of IWRM is to provide novel, innovative, and objective research required to effectively balance economic prosperity with environmental interests during a time of unprecedented environmental change by bring together multidisciplinary teams to tackle pressing management issues.
IWRM also provides technical information, expertise, and training to federal, state, and local governments, concerned citizens, nonprofit organizations and other concerned stakeholders.
The mission of the Institute is to foster interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and education that supports local, state, and federal agencies, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and the public in the development and implementation of sustainable watershed protection practices. Inherent in this mission is the realization that watershed protection and preservation must be consistent with policies ensuring economic and social prosperity and sustainability.