The growing importance of water issues due to global climate change calls for sophisticated, science-based management and the protection of running waters. Hydropower re-licensing, permits for water withdrawals for municipalities, agriculture and recreation, flood protection measures, and dam removals are urgent and controversial issues. State and local governments, industry and watershed management groups, are frustrated with the inadequacy of available management tools with which to address complex hydrological/ecological and societal issues. The lack of applicable environmental management tools is not caused by underdevelopment in science, but by limited access to integrative applications of available state-of-the-art research. The key drawback in the application of cutting-edge research in water management planning is the "disconnect between needs of resource managers for simple and effective solutions on the one hand, while on the other hand, the, cost-independent needs for innovation and basic understanding of complex processes, that motivates scientist on the other hand" ( Acreman M. 2005 Linking science and decision-making: features and experience from environmental river flow setting. Environmental Modeling & Software 20, 99-109 ).
Research conducted between year 2000 and 2009 at Cornell University, at the University of Massachusetts and Mt Holyoke College, considerably improved the tools and techniques for the management of river resources available today. Rushing Rivers builds upon this developments.
Computer simulation models, supported by cutting edge remote sensing technology, allow for the quantitative evaluation and validation of the ecological potential of river management scenarios at the watershed scale, and build a foundation for intelligent decision making.
With the goal of assuring the timely release of our developed technology, geared towards the sustainable management of running waters, the group of scientists from NEIHP established an independent sister organization as a clearing house for river science. The Rushing Rivers Institute can be considered a "research hospital," where the immediate needs of river resource stewards and conservationists can be addressed. Rushing Rivers will conduct on-demand applied research to protect and restore rivers, providing engineering solutions integrating physical and ecological sciences, offer professional training and project review services. It will build upon in-house expertise, as well as on the expertise of researchers at universities in the northeast and research divisions of the US Geological Survey and others. Through already established networks we will collaborate with scientists throughout the country and internationally to cooperatively resolve emerging management problems. This will help to secure future water resources for the environment and human use.
The need for the services provided by Rushing Rivers Institute is undeniable. It is reflected in our world today, in the poor condition of our rivers and recurring water problems. As a private organization, the institute will have a high level of flexibility and productivity. The Institute is designed to generate its own funding through applied research projects, software marketing, education and training. With your help we hope to build a strong base for the Rushing Rivers Institute in the form of funding, facilities, equipment (such as computers, boats, instruments, vehicles). Our greatest need is for long term base funds to secure the future of the organization, and to develop its full potential. We request your support in any form. We can work together to help protect our rivers and water for future generations.