The River Basin Center works in three broad areas: (a) Conservation ecology of aquatic ecosystems; (b) Applied research on aquatic system stressors, and development of appropriate management tools; (c) Policy development and outreach.
For the five-year period running from 2015 to 2019, the RBC has identified eight focal areas:
- Institutional options for managing scarce water resources.
- Instream flow science and policy.
- Water-associated diseases.
- Sustainable coastal land use and wastewater management.
- The effectiveness of current management strategies, such as stream restoration, widespread use of progressive stormwater management, and green infrastructure: what works, what doesn’t, and why?
- Understanding and management of nutrients in freshwater.
- Understanding and management of urban stream ecosystems.
- Increasing land trust capacity to protect water resources.