The Center for Urban Waters is a highly collaborative university-led applied science program dedicated to finding globally-applicable solutions to urban water quality problems in the Pacific Northwest. The center provides an intellectual environment where people with a diverse mix of skills can collaborate to develop innovative approaches to environmental restoration and protection and to sustainable urban development.
The Core of Urban Waters:
creating sustainable, efficient and equitable water quality systems that support vibrant coastal communities while protecting the environment.
enhancing collective conversations and decision making by providing timely, credible, and actionable scientific information to coastal communities.
training students to solve practical real-world problems and to design sustainable city infrastructure and systems.
We strive to be:
Accessible and responsive to our local community while understanding global applications of our work.
Always seeking opportunities to identify and solve emerging water issues in coastal cities.
Respected and recognized for the quality and impact of our work.
Valued for our leadership and distinct contributions to complex environmental investigations
This vision will be supported by:
Dynamic interdisciplinary research groups led by accomplished senior university scientists.
Tangible enthusiasm and support from community leaders.
Strong ties with UW students, faculty, and their academic and research programs.
A deliberate and thoughtful community engagement enterprise supported by dedicated resources.
A diverse and stable funding portfolio that includes dedicated resources to seed new research lines and to reinvest in research infrastructure.
A clear and efficient university administrative support structure.