For over 40 years, the Darrin Fresh Water Institute has conducted research that has increased public awareness of environmental issues and has contributed answers to complex questions concerning the protection of our land, water, and air resources.
DFWI has earned wide respect for researching the impact of humans on the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, most notably the effects of acid deposition on the chemistry and biota of lakes and ponds. The Institute is well known for its all-encompassing approach to the study of fresh water systems and ecological processes.
The Institute's mission is two-fold
To present a world class research program in surface and groundwater systems science.
To conduct a leading environmental science education program.
As a research satellite of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), DFWI provides Rensselaer faculty, students, and visiting scientists the opportunity to study a number of ecosystems and to conduct research on important environmental problems. There are state-of-the-art facilities at the Lake George Adirondack field station in Bolton Landing, NY as well as on the RPI campus in Troy, NY.