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The Institute for Watershed Science (formerly the Watershed Science Centre) developed as a partnership between Trent University, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Fleming College. The Institute started its operation on July 1, 1998 at Trent University as the Watershed Science Centre, which then became the Institute for Watershed Science on July 1, 2007. The Institute aims to further the understanding of physical and ecological processes governing watershed function and to transfer this knowledge to support resource management decision-making. The objectives of the Institute for Watershed Science are:

  1. To conduct peer-reviewed scientific research to better understand watershed function, and related anthropogenic impacts;
  2. To develop tools and methods for improved watershed management; and
  3. To effectively transfer watershed science knowledge and methods to resource management practitioner through publications, courses, and workshops.

These objectives are accomplished using expertise at the Institute to lead projects, to collaborate on projects with our partners and research associates, and to facilitate collaboration between our partners and research associates.