Established in July 2003, Binghamton University's Center for Integrated Watershed Studies (CIWS) provides opportunities and solutions that address watershed problems on local, regional and global scales. We accomplish this work by fostering collaboration on watershed projects, principally by combining expertise from physical and social sciences. CIWS contributors are Binghamton University faculty and students who are dedicated to investigating environmental issues pertaining to watersheds in an interdisciplinary manner. Contributors come from the University's biology, geology and geography departments as well as its interdisciplinary environmental studies program.
Underscoring the University's commitment to preserving our watersheds and the environment is our 182-acre Nature Preserve. In addition to a 20-acre wetland, the Nature Preserve encompasses a hemlock forest, oak woodlands, a beaver pond, plentiful streams, shrub lands, meadows and lichen-covered areas. It is home to several types of mammals, diverse amphibian and reptilian populations, and more than 200 species of birds. It has one of the broadest ranges of animal and plant life found in a single location in the Southern Tier.
This abundance of flora and fauna provides a rich and varied environment for teaching and learning in disciplines such as ecology, biology, environmental studies, geology, hydrology, art, creative writing and more. While the Nature Preserve serves as a valuable educational and recreational resource, perhaps most important are its contributions to the environment — from flood prevention to supporting biodiversity to serving as a means for carbon storage. The Nature Preserve also plays a significant role in improving water quality in the local community, and since it is part of the Susquehanna River Watershed, within the region as well.
Last Updated: 6/13/13