The color of Dolly Varden trout, this one a 16-inch (40-centimeter) adult, deepens when it’s time to spawn. Source: M Bond / UW

Vision & Mission

The University of Washington Freshwater Initiative creates a diverse and vibrant research community through a deliberate commitment to collaboration, technological innovation, and creativity in understanding complex environmental and human systems.

We seek to advance high impact and meaningful research at the human-water interface by connecting observations, models, and stories with the communities responsible for freshwater resource management.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations with regional, national, and global partners, the University of Washington Freshwater Initiative promotes community interaction and enables new and creative applications of freshwater research in the water science and engineering communities.