About Us


CUWR has recently updated our identity to reflect the concept of RESILIENCE. Our new name is Center for Urban Watershed Resilience, changed from Center for Urban Watershed Renewal. Our URL remains unchanged.

The Center for Urban Watershed Resilience, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit organization that works as an advocate and agent for the transformation of damaged and vulnerable sites into ecologically, economically, and socially viable amenities. Since 1999, we have encouraged solutions that integrate natural resource management and infrastructure development to create environmentally sustainable and economically prosperous communities based on principles of resilience. CUWR uses the expertise of board members and advisors as well as outside teaming partners to achieve the best possible outcome for projects, and is actively seeking new projects and partners improved resilience in the face of climate change.

CUWR leverages its talents through partnerships with communities and public agencies seeking support for concrete problems. To deliver solutions, CUWR engages consultants and contractors selected for their expertise and commitment to sustainable innovation. For fifteen years, CUWR collaborated with one of the leaders in the ecological engineering and infrastructure resilience field to bring principles of green infrastructure to communities through projects large and small. Enjoy this 3-minute video from 2010 which encapsulates the principles and outcomes of this collaborative relationship.


About Our Logo & Name

The image we chose – a river framed by a cityscape—
reflects the interdependency of our built environments with the watersheds they occupy.

We envision and execute projects that support thriving ecological health alongside important ecosystem services like erosion control, stormwater filtration, disaster resilience, climate mitigation, and attractive open space. As a nod to this remedy for decaying infrastructure and degraded environmental conditions, we pronounce our acronym “CURE” and do our best to approach projects with ecologically sound planning, design, and investment principles.


CUWR is honored to have an established long-term relationship with Ballard Spahr, LLP as our pro bono attorneys for project support


Areas of Interest

Climate Resilience

Improved awareness and preparedness, comprehensive planning and stakeholder-involved design, living shoreline measures, flood risk reduction with hard and green infrastructures, creative project finance through public-private partnerships

River and Coastal Corridors

Riparian restoration, regional detention ponds, treatment wetlands, habitat enhancement, stream daylighting, engineered reefs, dunes, and marshes

Public Health

Green infrastructure addressing childhood asthma, heat island mitigation, safe swimming areas, antimicrobials in waterways, pandemics and surface water contamination

Policy & Compliance

Natural resource zoning, stormwater utilities, decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse, combined sewer separation, stormwater sewer overflow elimination, low impact development, building code and ordinance coordination

Open Space

Green space and greenways, recreation and natural science education, community gardens, municipal composting, urban microclimate management

Site Repair

Phytoremediation, renewable construction materials, former military sites, soil reclamation, mine and slag drainage, restoration of hydrologic balance