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The Ground Water Research & Education Foundation (GWREF) is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation dedicated to promoting research and education related to the protection of ground water. The foundation is comprised of a board made up of volunteers from government, institutes of higher education, and the public appointed through the Ground Water Protection Council.


To promote and conduct research, education, and outreach, in the areas of development and application of technical systems, pollution prevention efforts related to ground water protection, underground injection technology, and watershed conservation and protection.

The Foundation Values


Support the Ground Water Protection Council in the fulfillment of its mission to improve the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of groundwater.


Continue to strive to identify and facilitate research in protecting and conserving groundwater resources.


Evaluate, implement, and develop education and outreach safeguards designed to increase the level of understanding of groundwater resources.


Build partnerships with stakeholders to participate and provide water resources initiatives to share best practices in water management and support the protection of groundwater.


Participate in a variety of external organizations and other forums to share and promote best practices in the groundwater spaces we operate.