WRRC serves the state of Hawaii and other Pacific islands by researching water-related issues distinctive to these areas. The University of Hawaii established WRRC in response to the Federal Water Resources Research Act of 1964 and the University's own Academic Development Plans. We are Hawaii and American Samoa's link in a network represented in every state as well as Washington, D.C. and three other U.S. territories. The centers are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources (click on the NIWR logo below.) Funding comes from University appropriations, from a small federal program administered by the US Geological Survey and in largest part from external grants and contracts.