The Water Resources Division (WRD) is one of eight divisions that make up the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate of the National Park Service. WRD was established to provide servicewide program management and specialized advice and assistance to parks in the protection and management of water resources. The division is comprised of three branches: Aquatic SystemsOcean & Coastal Resources, and Water Rights.
The Water Resources Division (WRD) exists to ensure that current and future generations can experience healthy aquatic ecosystems in the National Park System. WRD provides assistance, expertise, and guidance for aquatic ecosystem stewardship. WRD provides its services directly to parks through a broad range of programs in the areas of fisheries, Natural Resource Condition Assessments, information management, hydrology, ocean & coastal resources, wetlands, water quality, and water rights.

Measuring a glagier a Glacier National Park.

What We Do

The Water Resources Division was established to provide science to parks for the protection and management of water and aquatic resources.

Ocean wave crashing on shore

Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch

The Ocean and Coastal Resources Program works to advance ocean and Great Lakes stewardship in the National Park System.

A fisherman fishes at Lake Clark

Aquatic Systems Branch

The Aquatic Systems Branch encompasses four areas of freshwater management.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Water Rights Branch

NPS seeks to protect and conserve surface waters and groundwaters in park units as integral components of water and land.

Last updated: June 20, 2017