The Institute for Water and Watersheds engages in a variety of activities related to fresh water research and education. These include:
Assembling diverse research teams and leading interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary water research projects. In October 2010, the IWW began the NSF-supported Willamette Water 2100 project.
Offering training and access to water quality and stable isotope analysis facilities through a shared laboratory called the IWW Collaboratory.
Participating in the WERA 1020, Western Water Resources, as a representative of Oregon's land-grant university, Oregon State University to integrate water resources research, teaching, and outreach in the western U.S.