The Water Resources Division (WRD) is one of eight divisions that make up the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science 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 Systems, Ocean & Coastal Resources, and Water Rights.
WRD exists to ensure that current and future generations can experience healthy aquatic ecosystems in the National Park System. It 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.
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Our national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities.
Last updated: January 10, 2018