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

As a partnership with Pacific Northwest, national and global partners, Freshwater at the University of Washington is intended to promote community interaction and generates new interdisciplinary research directions within the entire water sciences community.

The purpose of Freshwater is to advance freshwater science and engineering at the intersection of society and freshwater systems. Our vision is to foster leadership in freshwater science by connecting observations, models, and analyses with those communities responsible for freshwater decisions.

Our Mission: To apply research skills, educational activities, analytical tools, data collection resources, community collaborations, and technical expertise to build understanding and address critical challenges in freshwater.