The Water Resources Institute is an academic partnership with the Southern California communities we serve driven by the vision that sustaining water resources rests on sound research, analysis and public policy collaboration.

Commonly referred to as the WRI, we were founded in 1999 when Cal State San Bernardino accepted a premier collection of historical water resource materials from Joseph Andrew Rowe. Additional archival materials have been donated by an array of public agencies, private firms and individuals, including elected officials, engineers, attorneys and business leaders. The collection contains technical journals, engineering and planning reports, well records, maps, aerial photos, pamphlets, government documents and books.

Joseph and Penn Rowe

The WRI collection was named the Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives (Archives) in 2008 in recognition of an endowed gift by the daughters of Mr. Rowe, Mary Ann McVey and Patricia Rowe Watt.

Using the links on the bar at the top of the HOME page and the items listed in the column to your left, you may access additional information about the Archives.

Over the last decade the WRI has received funding from a variety of public agencies, non-governmental organizations and foundations at the federal, state and local levels to support sound research, analysis and public policy collaboration in partnership with the communities we serve.

What's new at the WRI


Now Accepting Applications

for the EPA/CSU Internship Program

on an on-going basis

Click here for the Call for Internship Applications



Water Legend Award Reception 11-7-14 at 7pm

Boykin Witherspoon III, director of programs at Cal State San Bernardino’s Water Resources Institute, has been appointed executive director of the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives project by the chancellor of the California State University system. Go here to read the full article from CSUSB News.



William ‘Bill’ Steele

Lifetime Achievement Award

The individual chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is the Area Manager for Southern California, Bureau of Reclamation, William Steele.  Bill has dedicated forty years of his life to championing water resources with over thirty years with the Department of the Interiors Bureau of Reclamation where Bill has served the agency in the capacity as an economist, planning officer, program and policy analyst, program manager, and area manager. Bill has been a true visionary and has taken tremendous steps toward solving water issues of the country and more specifically California. Congratulations Bill Steele.


Robert ‘Bob’ Martin

Water Hero Award

The WRI is proud to honor Robert Martin, the retired General Manager of East Valley Water District, for his efforts on behalf of water quality and water supply in the San Bernardino Valley. Bob began his career at East Valley Water District as an engineer in 1984. He was promoted to District Engineer and then General Manager in 1990. Bob led the East Valley Water District to serve clean, safe drinking water for over two decades to the communities of San Bernardino, Highland and San Manuel reservation.  Bob Martin is recognized as a Water Hero, and for this the WRI salutes you. 




A word about the WRI Awards: 

Each recipient is a proven leader at the local, state or federal level in the water community.  The Advisory Board of the WRI reviews the nominations and determines who has earned this award. These are often unrecognized heroes from our community; heroes who work every day to ensure the health and safety of our families. Their work secures clean water for our communities. Proceeds from the dinner to honor the recipients go to support the Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives. 


September 20th, 2012 - Dedication of the Bernard C. Kersey Archive Room located at the Water Resources Institute offices in the Pfau Library (from left to right: President Morales, Bernard Kersey, and Jeffrey Thompson).

Congratulations to Gracie Cervantes who has been announced as the recipient of the Lois B. Krieger California State University of San Bernardino Endowed Scholarship! Click here to see the Press Release!


The WRI is pleased to announce that the nationally acclaimed Water Resources Center Archives has changed its name to the Water Resources Collections and Archives and moved from its previous home at the University of California, Berkeley to the WRI Archives in CSUSB's Pfau Library and the library at University of California, Riverside. "This collaboration between UCR and CSUSB will serve all campuses of our two systems, as well as the public," said Albert Karnig, president of CSUSB. "It's further evidence of the close cooperation between the state's two systems of higher education and the importance placed on our state and region's water legacy."



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