To meet Missouri’s comprehensive water needs, Water Resources Center hydrologists, geologists and engineers investigate and monitor surface water and groundwater resource characteristics, availability and use. Program responsibilities include operating a statewide groundwater observation well network with real-time water quantity data; collecting and analyzing surface water flow data for reaction to flood and drought emergencies; providing guidance, data and technical expertise in preserving and developing sustainable regional water supplies throughout Missouri; and defending the state’s vital water interests in the Missouri River, Mississippi River and other interstate water resources before federal and interstate water resource management authorities.

Meet the Director

Erin Fanning, Water Resources Center Director

Erin Fanning is the Water Resources Center Director for the department's Missouri Geological Survey, effective May 2, 2022. Erin most recently served as a division manager at the Bridgeton Landfill near St. Louis, Missouri. Erin has carried a passion for the environment during her more than a decade in industry. She is considered an established and respected professional among peers and is recognized as a next generation leader.

A native Missourian, Erin received her undergraduate and Master of Science degrees in biology from Central Missouri State University.