Mission & Vision

Our Mission

AWRA is the primary multidisciplinary association for information exchange, professional development, and education about water resources and related issues. Our mission is to advance multidisciplinary water resources education, management, and research.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the pre-eminent multidisciplinary association for information exchange, professional development, and education about water resources and related issues: to be recognized as a unique, natural connector and convener of disciplines, professionals, and organizations–bringing the industry together.

Our Brand Promise

AWRA promises a balanced, professional approach to solving water resources challenges in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Our Objectives

The principal objectives of the Association shall be: 

  • To advance water resources research, planning, development, management, and education.
  • To convene a common meeting ground for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, and other persons concerned with water resources.
  • To foster collection, organization, and dissemination of ideas and information on water resources science, technology, management, and policy.

AWRA Bylaws

Download the AWRA Bylaws as reviewed with changes by AWRA Legal Counsel - 03/30/2023.

Annual Report

Download the AWRA 2022 Annual Report.


Our History

“AWRA is about our members and how you can leverage the organization for professional development and growth.
AWRA is not the voice of the water resources Industry; it’s the means for you
to have a voice and lead the Industry.” 

(Rafael E. Frias, III, 2017 AWRA President)

During the five decades since its incorporation, AWRA has worked to fulfill its mission to promote an improved understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for information exchange, professional development and education.  

This multidisciplinary emphasis has drawn membership from a wide variety of water-related disciplines in academia, government and private industry and has allowed AWRA programs to rapidly adapt to emerging issues, changes in technology and the shifting needs of its members. 

Being fundamentally a grass-roots organization, AWRA has benefited from the efforts of hundreds of volunteer members who have served as elected national officers, regional representatives, and editors. These volunteers have helped AWRA sponsor more than 170 meetings and symposia in the United States and abroad with more than 36,000 attendees. 

Learn more about AWRA and the individuals who helped our association become the globally respected force it is today by downloading a copy of our complete history .


If you actively engage in our community, your career and organization will benefit. We offer multiple opportunities for engagement via conferences, social media, webinars, committees and publications.

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