Aquatic Sciences Center


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University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center
1975 Willow Drive, 2nd Floor
Madison, WI 53706-1177

The Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC), housed in the Graduate School, is the administrative home of two federal-state programs-the Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute. The institutes support research, education and outreach to protect and sustainably use Wisconsin's 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater and 6.4 million acres of Lakes Michigan and Superior.

Both institutes have a long history in this state, UW Sea Grant for 43 years and the Water Resources Institute for 27. In 1999, the ASC was established, linking the complementary programs and ensuring top-notch research that has, for example, prompted the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to formulate new policies in aquatic ecosystem management.

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (UW-WRI) promotes research, training and information dissemination to effectively confront water resources problems. It was formed in 1964 and is one of 54 such institutes at land grant universities in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. The institutes are the primary link between water experts at the nation’s universities and those who manage and use water. Collectively, the programs are known as the Water Resources Research Institute Program, which is authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 198. The program is administered by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources. Wisconsin Sea Grant is part of a national network of 32 university-based programs funded through the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Commerce, and through matching contributions from participating states and the private sector.

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