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Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

About EWRI

Created in 1999, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is a civil engineering specialty institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country's oldest national engineering society. EWRI services are designed to complement ASCE's traditional civil engineering base and to attract new categories of members (non-civil engineer allied professionals) who seek to enhance their professional and technical development. The Pittsburgh Chapter of the EWRI was initiated in 2000.

EWRI was formed in keeping with the Strategic Plan of ASCE to provide improved and comprehensive products and services to a variety of engineering teams working in technical, educational, and professional areas. Former ASCE Technical Division enrollees (Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources Planning and Management - as well as the Water and Environmental Standards Council), form EWRI's 20,000 person membership base. The former Divisions and Council have a long and successful record of performance. EWRI expands on the strong core of products and services originated by these members.

The vision for the EWRI is to be a recognized worldwide leader within ASCE for the integration of the technical expertise and public policy into the planning, design, construction and operation of environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure impacting air, land, and water resources. To accomplish this vision, EWRI is committed to:

  • A diverse and empowered membership
  • Excellence in products and services
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Innovative programs and solutions

The mission of the EWRI is to provide for the technical, educational and professional needs of its members; promotes the sustainable use, conservation, and protection of natural resources; and promotes human well-being by:

  • Advancing the knowledge and improving the understanding of relevant sciences
  • Improving the practice of engineering
  • Partnering with national and international organizations
  • Providing public policy input to governmental decision-makers

The Pittsburgh Section EWRI plans and conducts activities to retain current members and encourage member participation. Typically the EWRI conducts 3 to 4 dinner meetings and one day-long seminar each year. Dates for these events will be published in the ASCE Section newsletter and will be posted on the Section website.

EWRI Headlines

The EWRI 2022-2023 Calendar will be highlighted by the following events.  More details for each will be coming out as dates are finalized.

  • Sawmill Run Stream Sweep - Seldom Seen Greenway

2022-9-10 9am-12pm

2022-10-15 11am-3pm

  • EWRI Council Weekend - October 2022
  • EWRI O&M of Stormwater Control Measures

March 2023

  • EWRI World Congress - 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052

May 21-24, 2023

  • River Cleanup - March 2023
  • Tech Talk - February 2023
  • Tech Talk - April 2023


More Info

Please contact EWRI Board

Chair – Cesar Simon, EIT, PhD 

Cosmos Technologies

700 River Ave, Suite 100 Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Chair – Cesar Simon, EIT, PhD

Vice Chair – Alen Gusa, PE, PhD

Treasurer – Justin Kerns, PE

Secretary – Noel Rangel, EIT


As part of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section Strategic Planning the EWRI has set the a goal to increase work with the Pittsburgh Chapter Sustainability Committee to promote the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System during the 2015-2018 period. Read more here

Upcoming EWRI Events

  • No EWRI events at this time.

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