The Water Resources Division (WRD) of the National Park Service works to conserve, protect and restore water resources in America's national parks. WRD provides assistance, expertise, and guidance for aquatic ecosystem stewardship in national parks, so that current and future generations can experience healthy aquatic ecosystems for years to come.The Water Resources Division is one of eight divisions that make up the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate of the National Park Service.The division is comprised of three branches: Aquatic Systems, Ocean & Coastal Resources, and Water Rights.
What We Do
The Water Resources Division was established to provide science to parks for the protection and management of water and aquatic resources.
Aquatic Systems Branch
The Aquatic Systems Branch encompasses four areas of freshwater management: fisheries, hydrology, water quality, and wetlands.
Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch
The Ocean and Coastal Resources Program works to advance ocean and Great Lakes stewardship in the National Park System.
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: January 25, 2018