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USGS 104B Water Research Program

USGS 104B Water Research Program

West Virginia has had a Water Research Institute since 1967. While it has a statewide mandate, it has always been a small program, receiving about $130,000 per year initially and declining gradually to approximately $92,335 per year. Between 1996 and 1999, USGS eliminated the state funding programs in favor of regional competitions based on regional priorities. While the West Virginia Water Research Institute was successful in winning several awards, the change effectively eliminated our ability to serve the state’s water research priorities.

Starting in 2000, the research program came back to the states and in 2001 the amount of research dollars was increased. With water related issues increasing in importance to the state, this proved an opportune time to reinvigorate the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI).

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Our objective is to build the West Virginia Water Research Institute as the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.


The director and management of the West Virginia Water Research Institute aggressively search for funding opportunities from federal and state agencies and the private sector. These funds are used to support specific research projects, are used to match USGS 104b cost share requirements, and cover administrative costs.


Paul F. Ziemkiewicz, Ph.D., Director 
(304) 293-6958

Melissa O’Neal, Assistant Director
(304) 293-7006