The Water Research Laboratory (WRL) is a world-leading research and consulting laboratory that tackles the most challenging and pressing water engineering problems faced by the world today.

Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney, our globally-esteemed laboratory spans four hectares and is home to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and personnel comprised of the most experienced and creative problem solvers in their respective areas of research and industry. We are specialists in solving problems related to water and the environment.

Our prestigious record built over more than 50 years has made us what we are today, a leading global think tank. We are a band of pioneers and experts driven by a passion to finding grand breakthroughs for a better tomorrow.

WRL can provide a range of services to assess and restore both tidal and riverine wetlands. Our staff understand the environmental issues behind the observable problems and have a track record of developing tailored, on-ground solutions to stimulate functional wetland recovery. While our expertise is focused on hydrologic and physical aspects of wetland restoration, WRL often collaborates with a team of flora and fauna experts with complementary skills.