Environmental research center to be built in Troy

A $10 million, 11,000-square-foot environmental research facility will be built along the Hudson Riv
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A $10 million, 11,000-square-foot environmental research facility will be built along the Hudson River in South Troy.

The facility will be called the Upper Hudson Research Center of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. The venture represents a partnership between the Beacon Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy and New York state.

“This project represents technological innovation at its best for the tremendous benefit of education, science and the public, as well as environmental protection and conservation,” State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno stated at the news conference. “Last week, we talked about investing in Nanotech, this week it’s ‘Rivertech,’ and it will contribute greatly to the Capital Region’s growing worldwide reputation as a center for new technology while, at the same time, converting a blighted area into a beautiful spot for the public to enjoy the river.”

Officials said the Beacon Institute, a not-for-profit environmental research organization based in Beacon, Dutchess County, will use the center as the “northern anchor” for its River and Estuary Observatory Network, known as REON.

REON seeks to enable “minute-to-minute” monitoring of the Hudson through the use of an integrated network of sensors, robotics and computer technology distributed throughout the 315-mile river.

“Research institutions are blossoming throughout the upstate New York region because the area offers a hard-working, well-educated workforce and an exceptional quality of life,” Gov. David Paterson said. “The city of Troy has a proud history of harnessing the power of its waterfront and the plans to revitalize this important asset will guarantee the future of the Hudson River and its ecosystems.”

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