About The Water Institute of the Gulf
The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, both within the Gulf Coast and around the world. This mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. For more information, visit www.thewaterinstitute.org.
The Water Institute of the Gulf and the US BCSD, two groups that have separately tackled a number of issues involving the protective role played by the region’s eroding wetlands and the importance of Louisiana’s water resources, are now joining forces to collaborate on applied research aimed at finding solutions to water challenges in the region and around the world.
"We're extremely excited to add the US BCSD to our strong network of partners,” said Chip Groat, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Water Institute. “The council’s relationships with the private sector will add valuable capacity to efforts to meet challenges and develop solutions across the Gulf Coast, the nation and beyond.”
“This collaboration will provide valuable technical expertise to project participants as they tackle water challenges that are key to their businesses and communities,” said Andrew Mangan, executive director of the US BCSD. “Together, our two organizations will seek ways to convert water challenges to economic opportunities in ways that benefit people, ecosystems and businesses.
Gulf Coast Industrial Infrastructure Task Force
Our two organizations have started work to build a Gulf Coast Industrial Infrastructure Task Force that will bring companies together with other investors to share the costs of projects to restore, protect, and modernize infrastructure to withstand risks and assure the economic, social, and ecological value of these assets to meet the needs of current and future generations.
The Task Force will start with projects in Louisiana because business assets and infrastructure in southern Louisiana are not only critical to economy of the state, but also to the overall US economy. In addition, in Louisiana the Task Force will directly benefit from the collaborative business relationships already established in US BCSD’s Louisiana Water Synergy Project as well as the data, models, and expertise available through the Water Institute projects to implement the Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.