WRI Presentations

2024 New York State Water Resources Institute Spring Speaker Series: Applied Water Research in New York State

Every year, the New York State Water Resources Institute (NYSWRI) at Cornell supports research that addresses critical water resource issues in New York State and the nation. The seminar series focuses on ways in which robust science can support and influence on-ground water management and policy outcomes, and center collaborative and interdisciplinary work between academics, water resource scientists, educators, managers, and policymakers. See all the recorded lectures in spring 2024 at the link above.


Hychka, K. Mohawk Watershed Symposium 2024. Submerse NY: creative approaches to flood risk communication and outreach through public art. Union College, Schenectady, NY.

March 15, 2024


Hychka, K. Tompkins County Environmental Management Council. New York State Water Resources Institute: Addressing critical water resource issues in NYS through research, outreach, and education.

March 14, 2024


Popoli, J. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Ecosystem Health. Road-stream crossings in New York.

February 29, 2024



Presentations before 2019


Cornell Climate-Adaptive Design Studio: Building Capacity for Climate Change One City at a Time

March 21, 2017

Check out this poster that has been used at several events to highlight design work for flood-prone Hudson Riverfront communities.



Making the case for OWTS management: lessons from case studies and research

December 14, 2016

Poster presented by Brian G Rahm at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


Vail, E. 2016. Watershed Planning Basics. Catskill Creek Communities Meeting, Catskill, NY.

May 19, 2016


Czajkowski, Katherine. The Mohawk River Basin Program: Creating A Sense of Place

May 4, 2016


Vail, E. 2015.Green Infrastructure Codes and Ordinances

January 27, 2016


Vail, E. 2015. Infrastructure prioritization RCWQA

January 27, 2016



Stanne, S. Hudson Estuary Essentials: An Ecological Overview. The Hudson River in the 19th Century and the Modernization of America: a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. Ramapo College, NJ. July 7

July 14, 2015


Stanne, S. Environmentalism in the Empire State: The Impacts of the Fight over Storm King Mountain (panel moderator). 36th Conference on New York State History. Niagara University, NY. June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015


Meyer, A. 2015. Culvert Prioritization Project. Taghkanic, NY.

March 21, 2015


Vedachalam, S.; Joo, T.; Riha, S.J. 2015. Using Geospatial Data to Analyse Trends in Onsite Wastewater Systems Use. Mohawk Watershed Symposium. Schenectady, NY.

March 20, 2015



Rahm, B.G. 2014. The Role of Built Environment in Economics and Public Policy (invited panelist). Modernization of New York’s Built Environment Laws: If Not Now, When? Albany, NY.

November 12, 2014


Meyer, A. 2014. Prioritizing Culverts and Dams in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. InterACT Meeting. Albany, NY.

November 7, 2014


Rahm, B.G. 2014. Issues and Trends in Wastewater Management in the Hudson River Watershed and NY State. Hudson River Watershed Alliance Annual Watershed Conference. Hyde Park, NY.

October 7, 2014


Vedachalam, S.; Aniket, K.; Geddes, R.R.; Riha, S.J. 2014. How Small is Too Small? Scale Economies in Water Utilities. 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference. Shepherdstown, WV.

September 25, 2014


Rahm, B.G; Riha, S.J. 2014. Gas Extraction Violations in Pennsylvania – What Can Compliance Tell Us About Water Resource Risk. 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference. Shepherdstown, WV.

September 25, 2014


Rahm B.G. 2014. Infrastructure Challenges in the Mid-Atlantic Region (panelist). 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference. Shepherdstown, WV.

September 24, 2014


Rahm, B.G.; Vedachalam, S.; Vail, E.E. 2014. Panel on Assessment of Water Resources Infrastructure. Community Development Institute. Ellenville, NY.

September 18, 2014


Rahm B.G. 2014. Linking Water Resources Infrastructure and Community Development (panelist). Community Development Institute. Ellenville, NY.

September 17, 2014


Vedachalam, S.; Riha, S.J. 2014. State of Play with Water Systems in New York State (invited). Reception hosted by Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. Cornell University, NY.

March 24, 2014


Vedachalam, S.; John, M.E.; Riha, S.J. 2014. Spatial Analysis of Boil Water Advisories Issued During an Extreme Weather Event in the Mohawk-Hudson Watershed. Mohawk Watershed Symposium. Schenectady, NY.

March 21, 2014


Blair, B.; Vail, E.E. 2014. Green Infrastructure in Rockland County (With a Focus on Sparkill Watershed). Rockland County Water Quality Committee Meeting. Pomona, NY.

March 18, 2014


Rahm, B.G.; Vedachalam, S.; Tonitto, C. Riha, S.J. 2014. Tapping Higher Education for Innovation in Water Infrastructure Assessment and Planning. Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Council. Staatsburg, NY.

March 6, 2014



Haeckel, I.; Meyer, A.; Murphy, E. 2013. Natural Resources and Climate Resiliency in Germantown: Presentation to the Town of Germantown. Germantown, NY.

December 7, 2013


Vedachalam, S.; Riha, S.J.; 2013. An Analysis of the State of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indian Cities. American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Water Resources Conference. Portland, OR.

November 7, 2013


Rahm, B.G.; Vedachalam, S.; Woodbury, P.B.; Riha, S.J. 2013.Assessing Wastewater Infrastructure Using a Watershed-Scale Goals Approach. AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference. Portland, OR.

November 6, 2013


Vedachalam, S.; Rahm, B.G.; Choi, J.; Riha, S.J. 2013.The Effect of Size on Operational Efficiency of Wastewater Treatment Systems. AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference. Portland, OR.

November 5, 2013


Rahm, B.G.; Shaw, S.B.; Hill, N.; Perry, C.; Riha, S.J. 2013. In-Stream Nitrogen Dynamics and Engineered Systems: Opportunities at the End of the Pipe. AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference. Portland, OR.

November 4, 2013


Meyer, A. 2013. Culvert Sizing Project: Identifying Undersized Culverts in Three Focal Watersheds of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. Moodna Watershed Intermunicipal Council.

October 28, 2013

Also presented at the Rural Roads Workshop organized by Hudson River Estuary Program and Columbia Land Conservancy. October 29, 2013.


Meyer, A. 2013. Dam and Culvert Barriers: Aquatic Barriers in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. Trout Unlimited, Mid Hudson Chapter.

October 16, 2013


Cuppett, S. 2013. Hudson River Watershed Management and Issues: A Watershed Dinner Story. Westchester Water Works Conference. Chappaqua, NY.

October 7, 2013


Meyer, A; Vail, E.E.; Lamb-Lafay, C.; Gasper, D. 2013. Stormwater and Watershed Resiliency. NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association and the American Society for Landscape Architects. Schenectady, NY.

September 25, 2013


Vedachalam, S. 2013. Determinants of Contractual Choice in Public-Private Partnerships in India's Water Sector. Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

September 24, 2013


Vedachalam, S.; DeStefano, K.; Polan, S.; Lewenstein, B.; Riha, S.J. 2013. Media Discourse on Aging Water Infrastructure in the U.S. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2013 Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

June 19, 2013


Meyer, A. Barriers to Aquatic Connectivity in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. Black Rock Forest Consortium 8th Research Symposium. Cornwall, NY.

June 17, 2013


Cuppett, S. 2013. Watershed Protection, Management, and Action in the Hudson Estuary Watershed. Leadership Workshops for Local Water Systems. New Paltz, NY.

June 13, 2013


Rahm, B.G. 2013. Wastewater Management & Shale Gas Development: What NY Should Know About Trends in the Marcellus Shale and Elsewhere. NYWEA Spring Technical Conference. Syracuse, NY.

June 4, 2013


Galford, A.; Vedachalam, S.; Riha, S.J. 2013. Homeowner Education Workshops on Wastewater Management in Two Lakeshore Communities. New York State Federation of Lake Associations. Hamilton, NY.

May 4, 2013


Czajkowski, K. 2013. Phase II Stormwater and the MS4 Program. Presented to the Cities of Troy and Rensselaer, Village of Voorheesville, and Towns of Catskill and Rotterdam

May 1, 2013


Czajkowski, K. 2013. Mohawk River Basin Program. University at Albany, Albany, NY.

April 18, 2013


Czajkowski, K. 2013. Water Quality, Watersheds, and Opportunities for Action. Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE), in association with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady.

April 10, 2013


Rahm, B.G. 2013. Invited panelist at the Farm Foundation Forum: Natural Gas Extraction - Impacts on Rural America, held at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

April 3, 2013


Vail, E. 2013. Climate Smart Communities -- Green Infrastructure Case Studies. Presented as part of the NYS Climate Smart Communities webinar series.

March 28, 2013


Meyer, A.; Vail, E. 2013. Keeping it Green as it Flows Downstream. Tivoli Bays Talks. Tivoli, NY.

February 7, 2013



Meyer, A.; Roessler, B.; Strong, K.; Vail, E. 2012. Natural Resources of Chatham: Presentation made to the Town of Chatham. Chatham, NY.

December 6, 2012


Cuppett, S. 2012. Developing Leadership in Water Resources. Rockland Environmental Leadership Day. Ramapo, NY.

October 25, 2012


Rahm, B.G.; Bertoia, L.R.; Bates, J.T.; Riha, S.J.; Galford, A.; Yoxtheimer, D.; Pieretti, P. 2012. Shale Gas Development in Pennsylvania: Management and Spatial Trends in Waste Water Management. Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conf

July 19, 2012


Rahm, B.G.; Vedachalam, S.; Shen, J.X.; McConnell, R.D.; Riha, S.J. 2012. A New Assessment of Wastewater Infrastructure in the Hudson and Mohawk Basins. Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conference. Santa Fe, NM.

July 18, 2012


Vedachalam, S.; Riha S.J. 2012. Desalination in northeastern U.S.: Lessons from four case studies. Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Annual Conference. Santa Fe, NM.

July 17, 2012


Vedachalam, S.; Rahm, B.G.; Riha, S.J. 2012. A New Assessment of Water Infrastructure: Water Quality, Economics, and Smart Growth at the Watershed Scale. Hudson River Estuary Management and Advisory Committee. Norrie Point, NY.

June 6, 2012


Vedachalam, S.; Rahm, B.G.; Riha, S.J. 2012. Using a Regional Assessment of Wastewater Infrastructure: The Case of the Hudson River Watershed (poster). Clean Water Act at 40: Facing the Future. Poughkeepsie, NY.

May 7, 2012


Vail, E.; Meyer, A. 2012. Barriers to Green Infrastructure in the Hudson Valley: An Electronic Survey of Implementers (poster). Clean Water Act at 40: Facing the Future. Poughkeepsie, NY.

May 7, 2012


Cuppett, S. 2012. What Are Your Watershed Neighbors Up To? 17th Annual Ramapo River Watershed Conference. Mahwah, NJ.

April 25, 2012


Vail, E. 2012. Using Green Infrastructure to Manage Combined Sewer Overflows and Flooding. Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts. Kingston, NY and Hudson, NY.

April 13, 2012


Rahm, B.G. 2012. Shale Gas Development & Water Resources: Technology, Trends, Policy, and Planning. Thirtieth Annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference, New York Water Environment Association – Western Chapter. Buffalo, NY.

March 15, 2012


Vedachalam, S.; Rahm, B.G.; Riha, S.J. 2012. An Inventory of Water Infrastructure in the Hudson River Valley: Enhancing Environmental Protection and Encouraging Economic Development via Smart Growth. New York Water Environment Association 84th Annual Mee

February 5, 2012



Vail, E. 2011. Addressing barriers to green infrastructure in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. Growing Green Infrastructure in New York. Syracuse, NY.

November 17, 2011


Vail, E.; Bowser, C. 2011. Student and Student-Faculty Research Opportunities in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed. Environmental Consortium Annual Meeting: Collaboration Throughout the Hudson River Watershed. Albany, NY.

November 12, 2011


Stanne, S.P.; McAvoy, J.V. 2011. Diving Into the Hudson Without Getting Wet: Using Remotely Sensed Data in the Classroom. Teaching the Hudson Valley Annual Summer Teacher Institute. Hyde Park, NY.

July 26, 2011


Cuppett, S. 2011. Hudson Valley Water: Opportunities and Challenges. Ulster County Environmental Management Council. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY

June 1, 2011


Vail, E. 2011. Green Infrastructure in the Hudson Valley. New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference: NPS Pollution in a Lean, Green Scene.

May 17, 2011


Vail, E. 2011. Regional Freshwater Issues: Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure. Cary Institute Science and Management Forum: Regional Freshwater Issues.

April 16, 2011


Rahm, B.G.; Riha, S.J.; Fisher W.L.; Mukai, M.; Richardson, R.E.; Walter, M.T. 2011. Water Resource Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling. Marcellus Shale Multi-State Academic Research Conference. Altoona, PA.

March 1, 2011


Cuppett, S. 2011. Forest to Faucet: Meeting the Needs of Rivers and People. Hudson River Watershed Conference. Tuxedo, NY.

February 10, 2011