Water Resources Initiative

Winter sunset on Saratoga Lake

Student Engagement

Student engagement with local water issues is the heart of WRI. The courses, research, and field trips associated with WRI immerse students in their academic lives as well as their surrounding community. The first-hand visualization of the watershed is critical to helping students develop creative and practical community-based research questions, while the research component of WRI helps students develop stronger analytical and oral and written communication skills and helps students better understand the complex and interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues.

Molly Bergen in the labWRI couples knowledge and skill development with civic engagement, preparing students for their roles as local and global citizens.