Water Resources Initiative (WRI) at
Skidmore College is administered by our interdepartmental
Environmental Studies (ES) Program. WRI integrates coursework,
team-based research, and engagement with local and international
concerns for water resources. Interdisciplinary, community-based
research is a major emphasis of the initiative, and the
research focus is currently our local Saratoga Lake watershed.
The Saratoga Lake watershed is large and encompasses many
land use patterns and ecologies, and Saratoga Lake is
a controversial, potential new drinking water source for
our growing community. WRI research brings together our
diverse students, faculty and community partners to explore
the natural, social and cultural influences that shape
our interactions with local water resources. Field trips
to water-stressed regions of the world help students place
our local water issues in a more global context.