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 SystemsOcean & Coastal Resources, 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.

Sunset at Everglades National Park

Aquatic Systems Branch

ASB encompasses five areas of freshwater management: fisheries, hydrology, water quality, wetlands, and information management.

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.

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: October 31, 2019

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