WRI in the Press

Art brings science to life along the Mohawk River

May 20, 2024

WRI-supported course at Cornell uses ecological art to explore "the science of the river, including hydrology, geology, toxicology and stream restoration in the region before moving on to Indigenous knowledge of the watershed."


How citizen scientists are protecting ‘glass eels’ - Popular Science

March 13, 2024

Roughly 1,000 Hudson River Eel project volunteers net, count, and release about two million juvenile American eels per migrating season. 


Citizen scientists’ ‘glass eel’ data helps protect Hudson River

March 12, 2024

Education coordinator at Cornell’s New York State Water Resources Institute and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), Chris Bowser, was interviewed about glass eel data being accepted as official data to be entered in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) peer-reviewed eel stock assessment report which is collected each year by volunteers with the Hudson River Eel Project.

Meet those Giving Eels, and Other Ailing River Fish, a Chance

April 22, 2022

In celebration of Earth Day 2020, Chris Bowser was interviewed about glass eel migration by Andy Revkin of the Columbia Climate School. 

Chris Bowser receives 2020 Leadership Award from NYS Outdoor Education Association

November 16, 2020

Chris Bowser recently received the 2020 Leadership Award from the New York State Outdoor Education Association. In his acceptance video, he highlights the Poughkeepsie community and the work he and his colleagues have done in outdoor education.


Hudson River Estuary video featured in Cornell CALS Newsletter

October 14, 2020

A WRI-published YouTube video on the Hudson River Estuary was featured on the September 10, 2020 issue of the Cornell CALS Facutly/Staff Newsletter.


Cornell Chronicle reports WRI paper on predicting NY flood insurance claims

August 10, 2020

Brian Rahm co-authored the paper "Predicting Flood Insurance Claims with Hydrologic and Socioeconomic Demographics via Machine Learning: Exploring the Roles of Topography, Minority Populations, and Political Dissimilarity," recently published in the Journal of Environmental Management. Krishna Ramanujan of The Cornell Chronicle wrote a press release about the paper, published August 10, 2020, outlining the impacts of the report. 


Staff Member Chris Bowser featured on NPR's Morning Edition

May 18, 2020

Chris Bowser, Hudson River Estuary education coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and CALS NYS Water Resources Institute employee, was interviewed for and featured on NPR's Morning Edition as an expert on eel behavior. He was asked to weigh in on the emotional life of eels. 

Staff member Chris Bowser featured on NPR podcast Radiolab

October 1, 2019

Staff member Chris Bowser featured on NPR podcast Radiolab discussing eels in the Hudson River.


WRI researcher featured in Fisheries Magazine for work linking ecology and historic place names

August 28, 2019

Andrew Meyer uses historical research and toponymy, the study of place names and their origins, to investigate whether an area referred to as “Sturgeon Pool” on a tributary to the Hudson River might be correctly named as historic habitat of Shortnose Sturgeon Acipenser brevirostrum.


Community Science In Action: Marist College Highlights Collaborative Eel Research

July 23, 2019

Chris Bowser, WRI staff member and Education Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program and National Estuary and Research Reserve, was profiled by Marist College for his role in blending education and research.


WRI Staff member quoted in article highlighting the mental health risks of rising sea levels

July 9, 2019

Kristin Marcel, WRI staff member and Climate Resilience Program Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program, was quoted based on her experience working with the town of Piermont, NY.  Piermont, just north of New York City, is at risk from rising sea level linked to climate change.  WRI’s Hudson River Estuary Climate Resilience Program, in partnership with the NY DEC, works with municipalities to adapt to climate related threats.  Learn more in this article about the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Press Archive

WRI staff member Chris Bowser profiled in "On the Front Lines" series

November 28, 2018

Chris Bowser, WRI staff member and Education Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program and National Estuary and Research Reserve, was profiled in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's "On the Front Lines" video series. The Estuary Program was designed to engage all citizens of the watershed with the management of their natural resources. Chris often gives students of all ages their first encounter with the estuary and inspires them to conservation. 


Eel Excitement: At Hudson River NERR, Environmental Monitoring Takes A Slippery Turn

August 17, 2018

Read about how WRI staff member Chris Bowser combines education and environmental monitoring in the Environmental Monitor. Photo credit: Chris Bowser.


Engineers test device for monitoring NY state park water quality

August 17, 2018

Hear WRI summer intern Zsofia Szegletes '19 speak about her research in a Cornell Chronicle interview! Picture credit: Lindsay France/University Photography.


Study of New York Wastewater Treatment Buoy Data Powers Muskegon Lake Hypoxia Research Posted 7 hours ago Facilities Offers Nuanced View

April 16, 2018

Environmental Monitor, written by Karla Lant on April 16, 2018


Students envision future of Hudson River town confronting flooding

December 15, 2017

Cornell landscape architect and watershed engineering students, funded by WRI, help flood-risk communities adapt to climate change.


Hudson River work nets DEC conservation award

July 11, 2017

WRI, along with the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, have earned Cornell and CALS a DEC conservation award.


Sarah Lawrence studies importance of field trips

January 13, 2017

Click on the link for the story and video.


Damian Helbling's research on micropollutants highlighted at press conference

August 19, 2016

See Riverkeeper's press release, as well as a story in Politico


Dry Summer Causes High Iron Levels in Ithaca Tap Water

July 13, 2016

Time Warner Cable News, Central NY


Herring spawn in Upstate NU tributary for first time in 85 years

June 12, 2016

Herring spawn in Upstate NY tributary for first time in 85 years.


For The First Time In Decades, Herring Are Spawning In A Hudson River Tributary

June 11, 2016

Check out news coverage of our dam removal success. We worked with the City of Troy and Riverkeeper to restore migratory fish habitat on the Wynants Kill.


Hudson herring regain historic spawning stream in South Troy

June 3, 2016

Hudson herring regain historic spawning stream in South Troy. See WRI staff member Scott Cuppett on the front page of the Albany Times Union


Watershed Digest

January 27, 2016

Hudson River Watershed Alliance


Culverts: In need of action

April 1, 2015

Register-Star (Hudson, NY).


Winter runoff into streams on par with ocean salinity

April 1, 2015

Cornell Chronicle.


Neighbors Go Two Months Without Water in Niagara Falls

March 31, 2015

WGRZ (Buffalo).


Volunteers wanted for Hudson River Eel Project

February 11, 2015

Volunteers wanted for the Spring 2015 Hudson River Eel Project.


Sanitation scores in India have room for improvement

February 10, 2015

Cornell Chronicle.


WRI Eel expert wins distinguished EPA award

December 9, 2014

WRI staff, Chris Bowser was featured in the Cornell Chronicle for receiving the 2014 Environmental Quality Award by USEPA Region 2.


Election 2014 Recap: Voters Mostly Say ‘Yes’ to Water Spending

November 5, 2014

Circle of Blue.


Gov. Cuomo announces more than $2 million in grants for resiliency projects in Hudson River Watershed

September 24, 2014


Why surging water consumption could end the shale gale.

March 11, 2014

“Why surging water consumption could end the shale gale” Alberta Oil, interviewee for article written by Alexia Lane, posted March 11th, 2014.


Germantown plans Conservation Advisory Council in 2014

December 30, 2013

Register-Star (Hudson, NY).


Students soak up science

December 12, 2013

The New Paltz Oracle.


Nemmeli desalination plant in trouble as locals, environmentalists express concern

November 7, 2013

The Economic Times (India).


NYSWRI researcher testifies in front of a joint US House Subcommittee hearing

July 14, 2013

Media coverage: Pittsburgh Post-GazettePoughkeepsie Journal,


CLMC hosts lake health workshop

May 12, 2013

The Post-Journal.


"The Mystery of Eels"

April 18, 2013

Nature on PBS, screening and live chat with experts.


DEC issues final permit for Cornell University's lake source cooling facility

March 27, 2013

NYSDEC Press Release


Study: Shale gas fracking taints rivers in Pennsylvania

March 21, 2013

Circle of Blue.


Septic maintenance key component to protecting watershed

March 7, 2013

The Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY).


Workshop on wastewater management to be held at BOCES Center Wednesday

March 3, 2013

The Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY).


Private frack water treatment expanding in Marcellus region

March 1, 2013

Innovation Trail/WSKG.


NYSP2I announces recipients of 2012-2013 Community Grants Program

February 22, 2013

NYSP2I Press Release.


As India grows, water supply shrinks

December 6, 2012

Asia Pacific Defense Forum.


DEC, Cornell and local stakeholders to work together on improving the Cayuga Lake water quality

October 19, 2012

NYSDEC Press Release.


A Day in the Life of the Hudson River' event to celebrate ten years of exploring the estuary

October 2, 2012

NYSDEC press release.


Simple and cheap solution to India's grave water crisis: Waste water recycling

September 23, 2012

The Economic Times (India).


Where are the herring? Day out seeks answers

June 27, 2012

The Daily Gazette.


Studying impact of Irene, Lee can lessen future storm damage

June 24, 2012

Poughkeepsie Journal.


Another wastewater treatment facility proposed

June 6, 2012

Morning Times (Sayre, PA).


Eagle Scout plants Trees for Tribs

May 20, 2012

Your News Now.


Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance readies annual 'Trees for Tribs' planting

May 19, 2012

The Journal News.


Symposium's message: Save water, save money

April 25, 2012

Poughkeepsie Journal.


DEC again hosts 'Trees for Tribs' potting

April 24, 2012

Poughkeepsie Journal.


Green smartphone apps leverage power of citizen scientists

April 20, 2012

The Californian.


NYSWRI-supported American Eel Research Project counts record number of eels this year

April 3, 2012

Media coverage: The New York TimesPoughkeepsie JournalStaten Island Real-Time News, NY1 News, Times Herald-Record.


As New York state ponders hydrofracking, Auburn overturns ban on gas drilling waste water at municipal treatment plan

March 11, 2012

The Post-Standard.


What is and is NOT in the d-SGEIS

November 29, 2011

WSKG Community Conversation.


Clean Water Starts in Your Backyard: Using Green Infrastructure for Cleaner Stormwater

July 9, 2011

Poughkeepsie Journal.


Expert explains what’s in the fracking water

April 22, 2011

Your News Now (Time Warner Cable).


Turn your infrastructure green

March 27, 2011

Poughkeepsie Journal.


Meeting revisits Marcellus Shale as new rules are drafted

March 16, 2011

Wellsville Daily Reporter.


Shale speaker says neither side correct

March 16, 2011

Olean Times Herald.


Local citizens clamor for final word on fracking

March 10, 2011

The Ithacan.


De l'eau dans le gaz – Partie 3

September 19, 2010