Fantastic Facility - About the Water Center
Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center opened its doors in February 1996, in concert with a new, innovative and advanced Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility nearby. Creation of the Center was also a critical element for the Columbia River Waterfront Renaissance Trail project, encouraging residents to rediscover our waterfront and re-establish the historic connection with the Columbia River.
City of Vancouver officials realized that along with planning and managing water and sewer infrastructure to meet a growing population and increased economic opportunities, the City needed to take a strong leadership role in educating and advancing stewardship of the community’s high quality water resources, an important part of our excellent quality of life in Southwest Washington for residents now and to come.
Over the years, the Water Center has played a key role in boosting awareness about water and welcoming visitors to this unique location along the Columbia River. Our mission: Teach people of all ages how to better care for and make wise decisions about water.
At the Water Center, we maximize fun while educating and promoting stewardship and individual responsibility for conservation and protection of our water resources. We encourage the entire community to get involved!
Funding for construction of this $3.5 million showcase water education facility was provided as a component of the $40 million bond package and utility reserve funds secured for the new treatment plant construction. The Center, a division of the City of Vancouver Public Works Department, receives ongoing funding primarily through Vancouver’s water, sewer and storm water utility revenues, with supplemental support from grants, private donations and community room rental income.
Our Facility, Grounds and StaffThe Water Resources Education Center facility is an award-winning two-story brick building with large windows and expansive deck overlooking the Columbia River and nearly 50 acres of wetlands. The Water Center covers 16,000 square feet, which contains an exhibit hall, classrooms, a spacious community room with kitchen, aquaria and offices.