Reservoir Center PartnersThe Reservoir Center aims to collaborate with our partners to develop programs, public outreach events, and educational activities to advance progress towards solving global water issues or challenges. Our partnership organizations include trade associations, policy conveners, think tanks, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Meeting Pollution Head-On
Since 1971, we’ve brought together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters. We strive for clean streams and rivers flowing through resilient landscapes, cared for by the people who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Alliance implements local programs that connect people to their waterways and becomes directly involved in restoration efforts. We have offices in Annapolis, MD, Lancaster, PA, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA.
As a stakeholder-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water, the Alliance for Water Efficiency serves as a North American advocate for water-efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.
American Rivers is a non-profit environmental organization with the mission of ensuring clean water, healthy rivers, and thriving communities throughout the United States. The organization collaborates with local communities, government agencies, and other organizations to implement innovative solutions for river conservation. It also engages in activities such as river restoration projects, policy advocacy, public education, and grassroots campaigns.
American Rivers aims to balance the needs of human communities with the natural environment, recognizing the vital role that rivers play in providing clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and cultural significance. Click here to learn more.
ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment. Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public. The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Our membership includes more than 4,500 utilities that supply roughly 80 percent of the nation’s drinking water and treat almost half of the nation’s wastewater. Our 50,000-plus total membership represents the full spectrum of the water community: public water and wastewater systems, environmental advocates, scientists, academicians, and others who hold a genuine interest in water, our most important resource. AWWA unites the diverse water community to advance public health, safety, the economy, and the environment.
Anacostia Riverkeeper works to protect and restore the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in the watershed, and we advocate for a healthy river for all of its communities. We rely on law and advocacy to protect the river by improving water policy and outcomes. We deploy green infrastructure and trash trapping technologies to restore the watershed. We train community scientists to help monitor the water quality of their streams and river. We create meaningful encounters with the river for all watershed residents and visitors to connect to their Anacostia River.
Founded in 1989, the Anacostia Watershed Society is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Anacostia River and its 176 square mile watershed. We do this by promoting and implementing field restoration projects, ensuring strong laws and policies are in place to protect water quality and promote restoration, field- and classroom-based education programs for adults and students in partnership with DC and Maryland schools, and recreation and volunteer programs to connect local communities with the river and streams of the watershed. Our goal is a clean and thriving Anacostia watershed for the benefit of all who live here and for future generations.
Founded in 1961, originally known as the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators, the Association of Clean Water Administrators is a national, nonpartisan professional organization. Association members are the State, Interstate and Territorial officials who are responsible for the implementation of surface water protection programs throughout the nation. In addition to serving as a liaison among these officials, the Association facilitates their communication with the Federal government and promotes public education. Long before the enactment of the Clean Water Act, State and Interstate professionals were working to protect and improve water quality. They continue to lead the way in creating and realizing a vision for clean water in America.
The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. AMWA’s membership serves tens of millions of people from Alaska to Puerto Rico with safe drinking water. The association represents the interests of these water systems by working with Congress and federal agencies and provides utility leaders with executive management resources.
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) is the independent, nonpartisan, national organization representing the collective interests of the drinking water program administrators in the 50 states, five territories, the District of Columbia, and the Navajo Nation. ASDWA’s members implement the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by regulating and providing technical assistance and funding for the nation’s public water systems (PWS) to ensure the protection of public health and a healthy economy.
Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) is a non-profit organization that seeks to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie while also urging greater care of the valuable natural asset. Established in 2014, CWA serves a mission to build upon Ohio and the Great Lakes’ assets and resources to create a clean water innovation ecosystem that harnesses technology, spurs the economy, enhances education, and drives research. As a collaboration of private and public sector leaders, CWA is spearheading a critical effort to broaden the way Northeast Ohio values, manages, and capitalizes on its precious supply of freshwater. Follow CWA on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook or visit the organization’s website for more information about its impact and how to get involved.
We’re a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever.
EarthEcho International envisions a world where every individual, from all backgrounds and experiences, has the opportunity and tools to create a healthy and thriving environment. To that end, our mission is to build a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) is an international humanitarian engineering non profit partnering with communities and developing leaders to build a better world. Our student and professional volunteers partner with underserved communities in the US and abroad to build a more sustainable world. These community-driven partnerships address essential needs with climate conscious infrastructure while cultivating engineering and leadership skills in our partners and volunteers. Working alongside over 14,000 volunteers on over 500 projects across 39 countries and 28 states and territories, EWB-USA’s impacts more than 1.6 million people annually. Our work spans water, sanitation, agriculture, structures, civil works, energy, and climate projects. Find out more at www.ewb-usa.org
ECOS is the national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of the states’ top environmental leaders. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the capability of State environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment of the United States of America. To learn more about ECOS and their 5 Year Strategic Plan click here.
Our mission is to build policies that deliver spectacular improvement in the speed of environmental progress. Learn more at: www.policyinnovation.org/water
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of mayors and local elected leaders working collaboratively to safeguard the economic, environmental and social health of communities in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. The Cities Initiative is committed to stewarding the basin’s freshwater resources and ensuring that all residents have access to clean, safe and affordable water as the foundation for sustainable, vibrant, inclusive and resilient communities.
Green 2.0 believes that the voices and leadership of a truly powerful environmental movement must be as diverse as the causes it champions. Today, people of color are the most likely to be harmed by environmental injustice and have the highest rates of support for environmental causes yet remain severely underrepresented on the staff and boards of environmental NGOs and foundations. Founded in 2014, Green 2.0’s mission is to ensure that the environmental movement is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and recognizes the leadership of people of color at every level of the movement.
Founded in 1917, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is the largest association of pump manufacturers in North America. As the global authority on pumps and pump systems, HI develops standards and technical resources including application guidebooks, online tools, and calculators. HI manages efficiency programs that stem from its advocacy work with the US Department of Energy including the HI Energy Rating label which is used to identify efficient equipment and the Pump System Assessment Professional (PSAP) certification which designates qualified individuals. Both programs work to promote the efficient use of pumps and pumping systems. The Institute’s educational subsidiary, Pump Systems Matter (PSM), provides product neutral training on energy efficiency, reliability, and effective applications of pump systems through an extensive catalog of live, virtual, and on-demand courses and webinars.
The Internet of Water Coalition is a group of organizations working together with federal, state, and local government partners to build foundational water data infrastructure across the US and create a community of people and organizations using water data to make better decisions. We believe better data means better water management. Through close collaboration and engagement, we help partners modernize their water data infrastructure to make more effective water management decisions. We support water data management by providing tools that improve the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of water data, educational programs for data producers, users, and decision-makers, and access to a nationwide community of practice. Learn more at internetofwater.org
We are committed to serve as trusted peer advisors to transform the water sector, ensuring the delivery of clean water and to protect the environment and public health in an affordable way.
For more than 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory, legal, and communications advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping to shape a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit us at www.nacwa.org.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, established in 2000, is the official non-profit partner of the National Marine Sanctuary System. The Foundation directly supports America’s national marine sanctuaries through our mission to protect species, conserve ecosystems and preserve cultural and maritime heritage. We accomplish our mission through community stewardship and engagement programs, on-the-water conservation projects, public education and outreach programs, and scientific research and exploration. The Foundation fosters innovative projects that are solution-oriented, scalable and transferable, and develop strategic partnerships that promote the conservation and recovery of species and their habitats. Learn more at marinesanctuary.org.
The National Parks Conservation Association protects and enhances America’s National Park System for present and future generations. With more than 1.6 million members and supporters beside us, we are the voice of America’s national parks working to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. We celebrate the parks — and work tirelessly to defend them — whether on the ground, in the courtroom or on Capitol Hill
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.
The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small and rural communities across the country. NRWA provides training and technical assistance through 49 affiliated State Rural Water Associations that currently have over 31,000 utility system members. Rural Water training and technical assistance covers every aspect of operating, managing and financing water and wastewater utilities.
The Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University accelerates solutions to critical energy and environmental challenges, advancing a more just, resilient and sustainable world. The Nicholas Institute conducts and supports actionable research and undertakes sustained engagement with policymakers, businesses and communities—in addition to delivering transformative educational experiences to empower future leaders. The Nicholas Institute’s work is aligned with the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations and external engagement missions to address the climate crisis.
Potomac Riverkeeper Network‘s mission is to protect the right to clean water for all communities and all those who live in and rely upon the Potomac and Shenandoah watersheds by stopping pollution, making drinking water safe, protecting healthy river habitats, and promoting public use and enjoyment of these vital waterways.
Project WET Foundation‘s vision is to create a world where action-oriented education empowers everyone to appreciate and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Their mission is to advance water education to address global challenges and inspire local solutions. To date, they have educated and inspired over 42 million adults and youth around the world. Project WET is committed to providing equal access to water education for all, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their materials and resources, increasing the availability of their programs in underserved communities, and incorporating diverse voices in their leadership for real and meaningful change.
The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of non-profit partners working to ensure that small, rural and tribal communities have access to resources, tools and technical assistance that create capacity and opportunity for increased rural prosperity. RCAP and its six regional partners have more than 300 team members operating on the ground building capacity in rural and tribal communities in every state and the US Territories across the country. Every year, RCAP reaches millions of rural residents through water/wastewater, economic development, regionalization, and other technical assistance projects and trainings. RCAP’s work has an outsized impact in disadvantaged communities, with a focus on helping those who need it most.
Founded in 2010, SWAN is uniquely focused on increasing the awareness and acceleration of smart, data-driven solutions in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater networks worldwide by bringing like-minded people together. By aligning industry thought leaders and fostering inclusive collaboration across municipal, commercial, academia, regulatory and non-profit sectors, we have become the key driving force in proactively influencing the smart water sector. Learn more at: www.swan-forum.com
The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity & justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation.
SIWI is a not-for-profit institute with a wide range of expertise in water governance. We create knowledge, develop capacity, and offer policy advice to countries, communities, and companies. We work globally to change how water is understood, valued and managed. As advocates and advisors, we show how improved water governance is key to a fairer, more prosperous, and resilient future. SIWI has helped shape water governance outcomes at the basin, country, regional and local levels for over three decades. These outcomes include policy reform, development and implementation of water strategies, and strengthened institutions.
For more than 50 years, Stroud Water Research Center has focused on one thing: fresh water. Its mission: to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration. It aims to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. An independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and non-advocacy organization devoted entirely to fresh water, the Stroud Center serves as the foremost trusted expert on the natural functioning of streams and rivers. Its combination of interdisciplinary science, watershed restoration and education make possible an integrated approach and feedback loop that is unique in the nonprofit world. Learn more and help preserve the future of fresh water: stroudcenter.org
The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) addresses critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy – mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and helping to build relationships for cooperation needed to achieve these goals amongst people and nations.
The International Water Association (IWA) is the leading network and global knowledge hub for water professionals, and anyone committed to the future of water. IWA, which is a non-profit organisation, has a legacy of over 70 years. IWA connects water professionals in over 140 countries to find solutions to global water challenges as part of a broader sustainability agenda. IWA connects scientists with professionals and communities so that pioneering research provides sustainable solutions. In addition, the association promotes and supports technological innovation and best practices through international frameworks and standards. Through projects, events, and publications, IWA engages with its members to stimulate innovative ideas and content in support of IWA’s vision of a water-wise world.
The Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to build consensus on sound water stewardship for Arizona and the West.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public. For more information, visit www.waterrf.org.
The U.S. Water Partnership unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources, and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe. An independent non-governmental organization established in 2012, USWP builds water resilience in climate-vulnerable communities by harnessing the collective power of a unique network of over 125 public, private, academic, and civil society partners for sustainable solutions. USWP’s flagship Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) water operator partnerships pair leading U.S. and international urban water and sewerage utilities to build collective capacity in integrated water management, mitigate non-revenue water, promote nature base solutions, and increase the exchange of innovation, science, and technology.
United for Infrastructure, a non-profit organization, works to educate the American public and policymakers about the importance of infrastructure to the nation’s economy, workers, and communities. In partnership with the business community, labor unions, associations, think tanks, elected officials, and others, we have led the charge to improve America’s infrastructure.
Throughout the year, United for Infrastructure works to highlight the critical role infrastructure plays in all sectors of the economy and to show policymakers at all levels of government the breadth and diversity of support for long-term, sustainable infrastructure investment. We do this through keynote events, like our Presidential Candidate Infrastructure Forum, as well as through our webinars, podcast, workshops, and smaller convenings.
The US Water Alliance is dedicated to building a sustainable water future for all. We accelerate the adoption of One Water strategies—innovative, inclusive, and integrated approaches to water stewardship. As a member-supported, national nonprofit organization, the Alliance educates the nation about the true value of water and accelerates policies and programs that effectively manage water resources to build stronger communities and a stronger America. The Alliance aligns diverse stakeholders—utilities, public agencies, community organizations, environmental groups, agricultural interests, labor, researchers, artists and culture bearers, and many others—to find common ground solutions to our nation’s most pressing water challenges.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 30,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.
Water For People believes in a world where everyone has safe drinking water, forever.
We partner with local governments, businesses, and individuals, providing the support they need to bring clean water and sanitation systems to their own communities. Then we ensure they have the resources they need to maintain those systems now and in the future. The local government provides the structure. The local shop owner provides the materials. The local entrepreneur makes repairs.
And the local family gets clean water for a lifetime.
The Water Foundation is a public foundation that focuses on securing safe water for people, sustaining freshwater ecosystems, and enhancing climate resilience. They achieve these goals through various approaches, including direct grantmaking, field building, and campaign strategy development. Their programs encompass a wide range of initiatives by supporting communities and nonprofit partners with scaling and accelerating their vital work. Water Foundation help funders connect to and advance ambitious water strategies and systems change. This work is led by two integrated programs.
Water.org is a global nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than 60 million lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 30 years, we have helped give women hope, children health, and families bright futures. Learn more here.
The WateReuse Association is the nation’s only trade association solely dedicated to advancing laws, policy, funding, and public acceptance of recycled water. Our membership includes utilities that recycle water, businesses that support the development of recycled water projects, public or private institutions with an interest in recycled water, and businesses that use recycled water for operations. Our work is supported by volunteer-driven state sections and local chapters that focus on unique local issues.
WaterStart is a non-profit collective of globally recognized leaders who are adapting to change by scaling up new solutions to water challenges. Driven by the needs of water agencies and large consumers, we provide a channel for pooling resources to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative water technologies. Our vision is to deploy innovative technology for 100 million people.
The Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN) is a private, non-profit organization based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It was established in 1985 to connect professionals with interests in marine, coastal, and aquatic affairs and to promote the roles of women and individuals of all gender identities in these fields. WAN members come from various professions, including scientists, lawyers, policymakers, natural resource managers, and more, working in government, academia, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. The organization hosts networking and educational events, facilitates information exchange and career development, and promotes the advancement of women and gender-diverse individuals in marine and aquatic affairs. WAN was originally founded as a networking tool for women but has evolved to support professionals of all gender identities in the field.
WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working for 60 years in nearly 100 countries to help people and nature thrive. With the support of 1.3 million members in the United States and more than 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment, and combat the climate crisis. Visit worldwildlife.org to learn more.
Xylem is a leading global water technology company committed to solving the world’s critical water, wastewater, and water-related challenges through technology, innovation, and expertise. Our more than 22,000 diverse employees delivered combined pro forma revenue of $7.3 billion in 2022. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management and helping communities in more than 150 countries become water-secure. Join us in the effort at www.xylem.com and Let’s Solve Water.