Organizations, reasearch centers and companies (at the international, state or region level) working on water-related subjects
Many groups work on water-related subjects. Here is an incomplete list of these groups, which may be non profit organizations, compagnies, research labs, etc.
International Office for Water (IOW)
The IOW is a non-profit-making association. Its objective is to gather public and private partners involved in water resources management and protection in France, Europe and in the world (bi- and multi-lateral cooperation organizations, ministries, water agencies, local communities, universities, engineering schools, research centres, land development companies, water suppliers and professionals, industrialists, professional associations, non governmental organizations) in order to set up a partners' network. It now comprises 149 member organizations.
World Water Council
The World Water Council is a newly established nonprofit, nongovernmental umbrella organization devoted to the critical issues of long-term global water policy and to advocating solutions to problems of water resource management. In essence, the Council is an international water policy think tank that is not limited to intellectual efforts alone but will be an active participant in strategic areas of the international water policy debate. Its members include a wide cross-section of individuals and organizations concerned with the various aspects of international water policy.
A well-documented sites, on the following themes: the Nature of Water, Water Policy and Legislation, the Management of Water, Water and Culture. There are also parts on Informational Resources, and on Services.
Alternate URL for this site: http://www.ec.gc.ca/water/index.htm
The French Ministry of country planning and environment , with a section on the protection of fresh water resources and of their quality.
National Water Resources Association (NWRA)
The mission of the association is to advocate Federal policies, legislation and regulations promoting the development, management, protection and beneficial use of water resources that represent the interest of its members. The National Water Resources Association is a nonprofit federation of state organizations whose membership includes rural water districts, municipal water entities, commercial companies and individuals. As an Association we are concerned with the appropriate management, conservation, and use of water and
land resources on a national scope. NWRA works to balance the needs of people and the environment.
Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA)
The CWRA is a national organization of individuals and organizations interested in the management of Canada's water resources. The current membership of the Association is composed of private and public sector water resource professionals including managers, administrators, scientists, academics, students and users. +
Site on water resources, by Environment Canada, within the programm The Green Lane.
Water Quality Activities
Site of Health Canada, which is involved in a number of activities related to Canadian drinking water quality.
American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
The mission of the American Water Resources Association is to promote understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for education, professional development and information exchange.
Office of Wastewater Management (OWM)
The OWM is responsible for protecting the waters of the United States by making them clean for swimming, boating and protecting fish, shellfish, and wildlife.
Inter-American Water Resources Network - IWRN
The Inter-American Water Resources Network is a network of networks whose purpose is to build and strengthen water resources partnerships and collaboration among the water resources community of the Americas. The network facilitates technical cooperation, information and data sharing, opportunities for education, training and partnerships in analyzing and managing water resources.
The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) - "Your Bridge to the Great Lakes Region"
The GLIN is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes region of North America. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary component of informed decisionmaking, and a trusted and reliable source of information for those who live, work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region. Respected across the Great Lakes region and around the world, GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the region's environment and economy, tourism, education, etc.
International Joint Commission (IJC)
Canada and the United States created the IJC because they
recognized that each country is affected by the other's actions in lake and river systems along the border. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the
benefit of today's citizens and future generations.
State of California Department of Water Resources
The mission of this department is to manage the water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.
Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP) - National Water Policy Charter
The Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP) is an organization of state and regional government water managers with a thirty-five year history of advocacy on water policy issues at the state and federal level. The roles of federal, state, regional and local government in water management, which have evolved slowly over the past century or more, are now undergoing rapid change. Recognizing the need to respond more quickly than in the past to new proposals, and indeed to be more proactive as laws and institutions are modified, ICWP embarked on a National Water Policy Project in the Fall of 1994.
Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)
The purpose of the SWFWMD web site is to to provide citizens with timely and useful information about the region's water resources. The site contains the District's mission, budget, and management plan; rules, press releases, calendars, program descriptions, and conservation information; technical reports, issue papers, a monthly newsletter, an on-line publication for students, and much more. The site is a model for public agencies that depend upon a "water wise" citizenry to design and implement initiatives and to achieve water management goals.
All about the water supply in Perth, Australia (by Jim Heath)
Two-thirds of Perth's mains water comes from reservoirs. The rest is pumped from underground, where there are enormous freshwater reserves -- enough for eight million people, if Perth ever grew to that size. Despite those reserves, Perth sometimes has water restrictions. This survey explains why, and looks ahead.
Groupement d'intérêt scientifique pour les sciences de l'eau
Introduction to the GIS of water sciences, a team of French associations working in the field.
Water agencies in France.
"The virtual community and marketplace for professionals and vendors in the water and wastewater indutries."
International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC)
The IRC believes that access to water and sanitation are basic human rights. The mission is to help poor people in developing countries to get the best water and sanitation services they can afford. Working with partners in developing countries, IRC aims at strengthening local capacities by sharing information and experience and developing resource centres. The Centre emphasizes the introduction of communication, gender, participation, community management and affordable technologies into water and sanitation programmes.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research. You may find there ressources on water related issues.
Commission for environmental cooperation (CEC)
Canada, Mexico and the United States work together to protect the environment. On the CEC site: profile & programs, resources and publications, fund for environmental cooperation, etc.