Wastewater and Drinking Water

What are we doing?

Major trunk line failed in 2012
This major trunk line failed in 2012, causing a major sewage spill into the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh . (Photo: S. Cuppett)

We support planning and research to improve wastewater infrastructure throughout the Hudson River estuary watershed to support clean water, recreation, community resiliency, and economic development (prioritization project, research). We know that aging infrastructure is a statewide problem and the funding needed for upgrades and repairs is immense.

We also support efforts to improve drinking water, including protecting the source of the water and improving its distribution.

Who are our partners and audience?

Municipalities, watershed groups, non-profits, colleges and universities

Research on these topics 

http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/research-topics/sustainable-water-infrastructure/wastewater

http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/research-topics/sustainable-water-infrastructure/water-supply

Demonstration of how water moves out of one watershed into another at a diversion gate
Emily Vail demonstrates how water moves out of one watershed into another at a diversion gate for the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply. (Photo: E. Murphy)