Water Resources Initiative
WRI has been possible only with the generous financial support of several organizations.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Skidmore a substantial grant to strengthen our rapidly growing ES Program
and WRI. The Mellon grant has allowed us to hire an ES Program Coordinator and Lecturer
who will, among other things, increase the visibility of the ES Program and WRI by
coordinating outreach activities, materials, and environmentally-related campus events
to build community and synergy within the ES Program. The grant also allowed us to
hire a half-time administrative assistant, a position critical to maintaining organization
in our growing program. Mellon funds will also provide essential equipment and supplies
for WRI research and help cover the costs associated with our national and international
WRI field trips.
- The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have generously supported the WRI by providing funds to hire an additional natural scientist. This hire will make critical contributions to not only WRI but also to our growing Environmental Studies Program at Skidmore College. The Arthur Vining Davis grant has also provided much needed funds for research, including summer research stipends, room and board for students as well as research supplies and equipment.
- The Rathmann Family Foundation has long been a supporter of our Environmental Studies at Skidmore College. The Foundation's most recent contribution enabled us to hire a technologist for our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center for Interdisciplinary Research. Our GIS technologist has been essential to helping students and faculty realize the potential contributions of GIS in our research programs.
- The W.M. Keck Foundation has been critical to helping Skidmore College provide summer collaborative research opportunities for students and faculty. For many years, Keck funds have helped cover faculty and student research stipends as well as student room and board.
- The Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation Committee, the Lake Lonely Improvement District and Lance Vetter have provided funds to cover the chemical analysis of water samples taken throughout the Saratoga Lake watershed. These chemical analyses are part of on-going water monitoring efforts associated with WRI and provide important data for the evaluation of water quality in the Kayaderosseras stream system, Lake Lonely and Saratoga Lake.