Clarkson University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have been tapped to launch New York State’s new Center of Excellence (CoE) in Healthy Water Solutions.
The partner institutions plan a collaborative model to deploy experts and students to deliver technology innovations and research-based solutions to meet the complex challenges in aquatic systems and water infrastructures.
Clarkson’s world-class technical, innovation and engineering expertise in healthy water systems and ESF’s renowned expertise in monitoring, watershed ecosystem management, and natural solution development uniquely position this CoE to create and leverage partnerships across public-private sectors.
State funding for the new CoE was supported by NYS Senator Rachel May and Assemblyman Al Stirpe with signatures from representatives from around the state. The first year of funding is currently at $125,000.
“We appreciate the tremendous bipartisan support from the Governor and his executive team, and our senators and assembly representatives to advance healthy water solutions with partners across the state through a Center of Excellence,” said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. “Together, we recognize the national and statewide sense of urgency to protect New York’s valuable water resources while also ensuring their role as an engine for economic growth and vitality.”
ESF Interim President David Amberg believes the new CoE will provide opportunities for the environmental leaders of tomorrow to learn how to address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. “The abundance of water is one of our region’s biggest assets and will only become more valuable in the face of climate change,” he said. “This partnership with Clarkson will help protect New York’s waterways and, by extension, improve human health and the natural environment throughout the state.”
The center will work with state government agencies and affected municipalities to address problems related to emerging and persistent contaminants, and the aging water infrastructure. Focusing on water and the natural environment, the CoE will work with industry, government and regional university collaborators to develop early-warning systems to monitor, model, predict and avoid threats before they become issues. The center will also work on management practices and ecosystem design to improve the resilience of New York State’s water assets.
For information on how you can get involved in the Center’s emerging activities, please contact the Clarkson Vice President for Research & Scholarship, Gina Lee-Glauser at firstname.lastname@example.org.