Colleges and universities also provide a wealth of knowledge in the areas of water and natural resources, planning, and local law assessment. Colleges and universities can often provide up-to-date research and data collection techniques.
The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, provides a number of research institutes and centers that focus on water quality, watershed studies, and hydrology. Assistance in watershed assessments and water quality studies may be available through these institutes.
The New York Sea Grant Program encourages the wise stewardship of marine resources through research, education, outreach and technology transfer, and can provide assistance with research, education, and outreach relevant to coastal issues ranging from fisheries, environmental quality, coastal processes, and development. A cooperative program of SUNY Stony Brook and Cornell University, New York Sea Grant has 10 offices throughout the State that work with partners "bringing science to the shore."
The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community Colleges a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the application of geospatial information technology (GIT) across government, education, and commercial sectors.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the Community and Rural Development Institute, provides assistance to communities on development, the environment, and agricultural issues. New York State Water Resources Institute is another research group at Cornell University where staff and project principals focus on water research and education projects in support of the public, water suppliers, businesses, and governments.
Pace University Land Use Law Center provides assistance on the development of sustainable communities in New York State.
Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine and Environmental Technology (CICEET), a partnership of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), facilitates the development and application of environmental technology that monitors, manages, and prevents the contamination and degradation of coastal waters and habitats. CICEET administers research programs that invest in the development and application of innovative coastal technologies.
UNH Center for Stormwater Technology Evaluation and Verification has completed a first year report based on data from monitoring the effectiveness of stormwater treatment systems in addressing water quality and the volume of runoff. It also offers a series of stormwater treatment unit fact sheets.
Other universities and educational organizations that are involved with natural and water resources include Colgate University; Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Institute, Paul Smith’s College; SUNY Brockport Department of Environmental Sciences and Biology; SUNY College at Purchase, Environmental Studies Program; SUNY Plattsburgh, Environmental Science Program; SUNY University at Albany, Department of Geography and Planning.