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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Reports from the Academies are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academies to address a particular statement of task.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.  Watch this website for information about public meetings.

Learn more about the Academies study process.

Water Sciences and Technology Board

The Water Sciences and Technology (WSTB) is the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible for organizing and overseeing studies and activities the address the scientific and technical bases for important issues related to the efficient management and use of water resources.  The board’s scope covers all dimensions of water resources, including science, engineering, economics, policy, educational issues, and social aspects.

Learn more about the Water Sciences and Technology Board