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The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) is partnering with Cornell Sustainable Campus, Design + Environmental Analysis students, and the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to advance and celebrate Year of Water.  Do you know where your tap water comes from?  Where is it heading once it goes down the drain?  Have you thought about water infrastructure lately?

The goal of the Year of Water is to:

  • Learn. Increase awareness and knowledge of natural and built water systems and how they are intertwined with our lives.
  • Envision. Celebrate our water resources and confront the challenges facing them, all towards answering the question: how can we act to preserve our water and ensure access for all?
  • Connect. Create new collaborations and initiatives both within and across scales - Cornell, Ithaca, New York State, our world - to learn how water unites us and envision our future together.

Take our walking tour to learn more about Ithaca's water system! Download the PocketSights mobile app and search "Year of Water" to visit different locations.

Keep updated on Year of Water events and collaborations on our Facebook page or email us at to get involved.