Water management—whether for navigation, flood control, public health, or environmental purposes—is more than a matter of science and engineering. Laws and policies also determine how we manage water. These laws and policies are growing in importance as global warming, imperiled freshwater supplies and coastal erosion take their toll in Louisiana and around the world. Crises like these cannot be solved by repeating the mistakes of the past. Solutions can only come through a new generation of informed, purpose driven actions- actions that the Institute and its partners are working to develop.
The Institute’s mission is critical given that many of the most acute problems facing humans in the 21st century center on water. Whether the issue is not enough or too much, how water is managed will define the prosperity of communities throughout the U.S. and the world. The fundamental importance of water has spurred the Institute to chart a new path- one that avoids both the seclusion of the academic think tank and the narrow focus of the single issue regulatory watchdog. The scope of our work makes the institute a unique crucible for legal and policy thinking, one that looks beyond the abstract to consider the nuts and bolts of how to make good decisions in time for them to matter.