Life on Earth depends on water and there is simply no substitute for it. Yet, humanity has degraded or depleted many water resources and is now confronted with severe water crises in large parts of the World. Humanity’s response to the water crisis requires that scientists, engineers, economist, landscape architects, and policy makers work together closely and develop effective and sustainable strategies for managing this essential natural resource. The study of water and water resources is also a timely opportunity for URI students to enhance their learning and discovery and make them successful in an increasingly globalized economy and society. At URI we will achieve this goal by investing in three new faculty positions that strategically address the most pressing issue of the 21st century: “Safe, Clean, Sustainable and Secure Water“.