Water Resources Research Institution

StuckyHall_jul2015The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico at New Mexico State University. Established in 1963 by the New Mexico legislature and approved under the 1964 Water Resources Research Act, the NM WRRI funds research conducted by faculty and students from universities across the state to address water problems critical to New Mexico and the Southwest. The institute also participates in joint efforts to solve water-related problems along the U.S./Mexico border.

Through its support of research and its interaction and cooperation with other water resources entities, the NM WRRI continuously strives to alleviate water problems, working toward ensuring an ample supply of high quality water for future generations. The NM WRRI is one of the first institutes approved of the 54 water institutes/centers in the United States and is a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources and the Powell Consortium. The institute is housed in Stucky Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

If you plan to visit us, you can obtain a temporary parking permit online from the NMSU parking department.


The overall mission of the NM WRRI is to develop and disseminate knowledge that will assist the state and nation in solving water problems. Through the funding of research and demonstration projects, the institute utilizes knowledge and experience of researchers throughout the state to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems. Research is conducted by faculty and students within the departmental structure of each New Mexico university campus. In-house staff administers the institute’s programs, conducts special research projects, and produces a variety of issue reports. Original WRRI Objectives, Scope, and Organization (August 20, 1964).