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Student Conservation Association volunteers assist with nekton sampling adjacent to Sailors Haven Marina, Fire Island National Seashore, New York. Aerial view of Aimakapa Fishpond, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii.

About the Water Resources Division

Why do we exist?

The Water Resources Division (WRD) exists to ensure that current and future generations can experience healthy aquatic ecosystems in the National Park System.

What do we do?

WRD provides assistance, expertise, and guidance for aquatic ecosystem stewardship.

WRD - comprised of four branches: Aquatic Systems, Ocean & Coastal Resources, Planning & Information, and Water Rights - provides leadership for the preservation, protection, and management of the water and aquatic resources in National Park Service units. Water resource issues include policy, planning, and regulatory review; water quality; water rights; floodplain management; erosion and sediment control; fisheries management; protection of wetland and riparian habitats; and ocean and coastal resources. WRD helps parks address these issues through seven main programmatic areas:

  • Water Resource Protection Projects
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Natural Resource Condition Assessments
  • Ocean and Coastal Resources
  • Water Resource Protection—Aquatic Resource Professionals
  • Water Resource Protection—Water Resource Technical Assistance
  • Water Resource Protection Project Support

Last Updated: April 23, 2014