History & Mission

Welcome to the Environmental and Water Resources Institute

A Brief History

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Created in 1999, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is a civil engineering specialty institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country's oldest national engineering society. EWRI services are designed to complement ASCE's traditional civil engineering base and to attract new categories of members (non-civil engineer allied professionals) who seek to enhance their professional and technical development.

EWRI was formed in keeping with the Strategic Plan of ASCE to provide improved and comprehensive products and services to a variety of engineering teams working in technical, educational, and professional areas. Former ASCE Technical Division enrollees (Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources Planning and Management - as well as the Water and Environmental Standards Council), form EWRI's approximately 26,000 person membership base. The former Divisions and Council have a long and successful record of performance. EWRI expands on the strong core of products and services originated by these members.

The EWRI's vision is to be a recognized worldwide leader within ASCE for the integration of the technical expertise and public policy into the planning, design, construction and operation of environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure impacting air, land, and water resources.


EWRI is committeed to:

  • A diverse and empowered membership
  • Excellence in products and services
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Innovative programs and solutions


EWRI will provide for the technical, educational and professional needs of its members; promotes the sustainable use, conservation, and protection of natural resources; and promotes human well-being by:

  • Advancing the knowledge and improving the understanding of relevant sciences
  • Improving the practice of engineering
  • Partnering with national and international organizations
  • Providing public policy input to governmental decision-makers


An eight-member Governing Board administers to the EWRI affairs.

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