To create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries.


Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University is a not-for-profit environmental research organization working to expand understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, ecosystems, New York's economy and quality of life.

Through a multi-disciplinary focus on science and technology, education and policy, Beacon Institute is advancing real-time monitoring of New York's rivers to create new standards for environmental science, promoting environmental stewardship with unique academic offerings, and informing long-term public policy solutions to protect water.