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WRI engages in a broad range of activities, including research, education, and outreach. In the side bar to the left, you will find more information on the following:

  • WRI-authored research publications in peer-reviewed and trade journals
  • Presentations made by WRI staff, as well as activities related to local, state, and federal policy
  • Press covering WRI staff, activities, and publications
  • WRI's blog, which includes educational videos and interesting stories related to water resources

Below, please see announcements related to WRI programs and staff, including information on current funding opportunities: 


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Key Actions to Promote Flood Resilience for NYS Communities

Jun 2, 2020

In the face of increasing storm intensities and changing landscapes, many NYS communities need to become more resilient to flooding—before,
during, and after the event—but may not know where to start. Here are ten key actions that communities can take that have cascading effects, both to
improve resiliency and to satisfy state and federal programs that promote flood resilience and can provide financial incentives to implementing these

Developing a Municipal Downspout Disconnect and Green Infrastructure Program

May 4, 2020

One solution municipalities can use to address increasing runoff is to implement residential downspout disconnect and green infrastructure programs. The result is cost savings for wastewater utilities and decreased combined sewer overflow and stormwater runoff in neighborhoods and local waterways. This guidance lays out a step by step guide to disconnect program implementation.

Stream Buffer Management Workshop Held for Municipalities

Jan 3, 2020

Riparian buffers are a powerful tool to reduce nutrient and sediment input to downstream waterbodies and to protect streams in the face of climate and landscape change. But getting to scale with implementation is going to take a coordinated effort. In light of this, NYS WRI co-hosted a workshop on stream buffers for municipalities in Tompkins County. It focused on both planning and implementation of buffers at municipal, watershed, and site scales. The collected resources and the slides and videos of presentations and panels, compiled on the website, can be useful to many other NYS municipalities.

Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit

Staff Member Kristen Hychka Gives Keynote at Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit

Nov 5, 2019

The Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit was hosted by Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. with the goal of empowering young adults with knowledge and planning actions they can take to combat climate change. This year’s event is part of Hobart and William Smith 's Year of Water and includes a special focus on our water resources with the summit theme of “Promoting Water Security Through Science for Society and the Environment”.  Kristen Hychka, NYS WRI Program Coordinator, gave the keynote lecture titled "Sponges in the Landscape: Greening Watersheds in the Face of Increasing Drought and Flooding" to over 100 high school students and teachers from around the Finger Lakes. For the rest of the day students took part in workshops, presented posters of ongoing work, and developed Climate Action Plans (CAPs).

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FY2020 Competitive Grant RFA Released

Oct 28, 2019

WRI has released its call for competitive funding applications for FY2020. All institutions of higher learning in NY state are eligible.

WRI Staff member quoted in article highlighting the mental health risks of rising sea levels

Jul 9, 2019

Kristin Marcel, WRI staff member and Climate Resilience Program Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program, was quoted based on her experience working with the town of Piermont, NY.  Piermont, just north of New York City, is at risk from rising sea level linked to climate change.  WRI’s Hudson River Estuary Climate Resilience Program, in partnership with the NY DEC, works with municipalities to adapt to climate related threats.  Learn more in this article about the Hudson River Estuary Program.

WRI staff member Chris Bowser profiled in "On the Front Lines" series

Nov 28, 2018

Chris Bowser, WRI staff member and Education Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program and National Estuary and Research Reserve, was profiled in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's "On the Front Lines" video series. The Estuary Program was designed to engage all citizens of the watershed with the management of their natural resources. Chris often gives students of all ages their first encounter with the estuary and inspires them to conservation. 

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FY2019 Competitive Grant RFA Released

Oct 25, 2018

WRI has released its call for competitive funding applications for FY2019. All institutions of higher learning in NY state are eligible.

Trees for Tribs

Invitation to Restoration Webinar Series (December 8, 2016)

Nov 21, 2016

Beth Roessler to present on Stream Buffer Plantings for the National Conservation Training Center’s Restoration Webinar Series
Event: Restoration Webinar Series – sponsored by a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Title: Riparian Buffer Restoration - Partnering to Restore New York's Forested Tributaries One Tree at a Time

Speakers: Sarah Walsh and Beth Roessler
Description: This webinar will present New York State’s Trees for Tributaries program, a program engaging local volunteers and local partners to restore New York’s riparian areas. The program works in concert with New York State’s Saratoga Tree Nursery, who helps provide trees at low or no cast to program participants. We will highlight specific case studies illustrating how the program has successfully planted over 66,000 trees in the ground in less than ten years. We will discuss program success and challenges, as well as future developments to prioritize our work across the state as a model for how state agencies, municipalities and non-profits can partner to improve water quality and wildlife habitat through stream buffer restoration plantings.
When: Thursday 8 December 2016, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern Time
To register now, please visit the following link:

Betty and the Boomers

HRES Awards Dinner Honoring Betty and the Baby Boomers (including Cornell WRI/Estuary Program staffer, Steve Stanne)

Oct 14, 2016

The Hudson River Environmental Society will be honoring Dr. Dennis Suszkowski by presenting him with the HRES Distinguished Service Award.  HRES will also be honoring Betty and the Baby Boomers by presenting them with the HRES Outstanding Environmental Communicator Award. Please join us for a wonderful evening as we recognize the exceptional lifetime achievements made by these dedicated stewards of the Hudson River!
Dr. Suszkowski is the Science Director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in New York City that is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of scientific research about the Hudson River and Estuary, with a focus on producing science that has a bearing on public policy. Dr. Suszkowski currently oversees the Hudson River Foundation’s grants program for scientific research, which supports more research about the Harbor and Estuary than any other single agency or organization. 

"Betty and the Baby Boomers" began singing together some 30 years ago.  Today, the band is composed of Betty Boomer, Jean Valla McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, Steve Stanne and Robert Bard.  “Betty and the Baby Boomers” have released four CDs, and the name is known to folk music fans from the mountains of Connemara in Ireland to the Catskills overlooking New York's Hudson Valley, their home base.  Their songs and performances capture the beauty, environmental history, and their love of the Hudson River Estuary. If you’d like more information, check out our website