About the WRPI


The Water Resources and Policy Initiatives will help achieve a long-tem, sustainable water supply for California through education, research and policy development while balancing the needs of urban, agricultural and environmental concerns.

For more information visit the WRPI Chancellor’s Office webpage.


The Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is designed to target the capabilities and resources within the twenty-three California State University campuses to provide academic preparation, applied research and policy development that addresses all aspects of water use. WRPI serves to focus synergistically with the many centers and programs of excellence within the CSU on water issues. The scope of WRPI activities include:

  • Provide critical faculty and staff based expertise to support California’s need for appropriate and sustainable water resources in the 21st century
  • Promote the need for education, training and professional capacity development with the water industry, governmental agencies, and the wider community
  • Support the development of new and advanced water technologies and services that will help drive economic development and job creation

Key Goals

Draft Strategic Plan

The goals listed below support the key elements found in the WRPI mission. The goals reflect the CSU comparative advantage in addressing current and emerging statewide water issues. The WRPI will become a leading resource for:

  • Partnerships with the water industry and government agencies

    WRPI will engage a broad group of water industry stakeholders and government agencies to leverage university resources to pursue the development of “good science” from which to base decision making and emerging water policy.

  • Education, training and professional capacity building

    The WRPI will help raise awareness on careers in water and develop academic pathways for the next generation of professionals and the general public through outreach and training programs, professional capacity building, university curriculum development, and formal post secondary and graduate education.

  • Technology and economic development

    The WRPI will provide a strong science base and business development support to help commercialize new ideas in water industries, services and professions in California. The outcome will be a creative climate of innovation, furthering economic growth in water technology.