Adirondack Watershed Institute
The Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) is a component of Paul Smith's College (PSC). The program started in 1989 as a local-scale water quality monitoring program called the Adirondack Aquatic Institute (AAI) and expanded in 1999 to include invasive species management. PSC started the Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) in 2000 as a separate initiative that focused on local-scale invasive species prevention activities. These two programs expanded over the years as separate efforts, in 2002 the college recognized the synergy of linking these programs and thus merged them to begin the AWI. The AWI has since grown into a regional-scale water quality monitoring and invasive species management program.
The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute is to create scientifically-sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment, enhance the educational opportunities available for undergraduate students and to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of our natural resources.
Our vision is to:
- play a lead role in producing and communicating relevant and high quality scientific information about watershed resources in the Adirondack region,
- be widely regarded by both the scientific and Adirondack community as a primary source of reliable information on natural resources, and
- be an important source for a diverse array of high quality research experiences for students