OEWRI’s mission is to advance our scientific understanding of water resource quantity, quality, and distribution in Ozarks watersheds. Centrally located in Springfield, Missouri, OEWRI provides technical expertise, analytical capability, and student training to support environmental research, watershed monitoring programs, and watershed group activities in the Ozarks. It directs and collaborates on research projects aimed at solving water quality and supply problems by working in partnership and cooperation with university researchers, environmental groups, local communities, and government agencies.
OEWRI’s mission has four major goals:
- Conduct applied and basic research focusing on understanding the influence of natural processes and human activities on watershed conditions and water resources;
- Establish regional partnerships, disseminate information, and provide educational and training opportunities related to scientific monitoring and management of water resources;
- Provide policy alternatives to address water resource questions raised by decision-makers based on scientific sampling and analytical protocols; and
- Serve as a clearinghouse for research results and publications pertaining to water supply and quality in the Ozarks.
OEWRI supports Missouri State University's mission in public affairs and its three components in ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement. In addition, OEWRI programs are central to the public affairs theme in science and the environment for research and education.
OEWRI activities at the institute are primarily focused on the following six program areas: