Water Resources Agency

photo of WRA students kayaking on Lums PondIntroduction

The mission of the Water Resources Agency (WRA) is to provide water resources planning and policy assistance to governments in Delaware, the Delaware Valley, and along the Eastern Seaboard through the University’s land grant public service, education, and research role. Its goal is to be recognized as the best university water-resources planning and policy organization east of the Mississippi River.

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Funding support for WRA comes from federal, state, and local government partners, including the state of Delaware, New Castle County, the City of Newark, and the City of Wilmington as well as specific grants.

WRA provides services to Delaware's governments as the State Water Coordinator, through an appointment on the New Castle County Resource Protection Area Technical Advisory Committee, as a local Christina Basin watershed coordinator, and as the lead agency in charge of implementing a Source Water Protection Plan for Delaware's four drinking water intakes. 

In an education role, WRA offers graduate-level courses in Regional Watershed Management and Geographic Information Systems and also sponsors water-resources fellowships for graduate students interested in the MPA and MA degrees in the School of Public Policy & Administration.

WRA faculty, staff, and students collaborate in applied research involving the University of Delaware Experimental Watershed, bottled-water attitudes, water rates, and the link between impervious cover and watershed health.

For more information, contact Gerald Kauffman (302-831-4929).