Year of Water - City of Ithaca Tour

Help kick off the NY Water Resource Institute’s “Year of Water” campaign by learning more about local water infrastructure!

Year of Water - City of Ithaca Tour

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: New York State Water Resource Institute

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“Out of sight, out of mind” - this describes how the American public thinks – or rather, doesn’t think -- about water infrastructure. In a national survey investigating how Americans relate to water, infrastructure was rarely mentioned by participants as something they had seen in the media or discussed with others. This is despite reports that $472 billion in investment is required over the next 20 years to keep our drinking- and waste-water infrastructure operational.

The goal of the “Year of Water” project is to raise awareness of our local water infrastructure and governance by engaging Cornell students, Ithacans, and visitors in a series of free-choice learning installations as part of the New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI)- led campaign at Cornell. More information on the Year of Water can be found on the NY Water Resource Institute website.

This tour seeks to Locations 1 through 7 will lead you on a beautiful 4 mile tour through the Botanic Gardens down to Ithaca Falls with stops by Beebe Lake and Fall Creek Gorge. Locations 8-12 leads you along about 3 miles along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail starting at Stewart Park and ending at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market. For on-campus parking information learn more here.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The famous symbol of Ithaca! Towering over 100 feet tall, this massive waterfall was owned for many years by Cornell University. It was sold to the city of Ithaca in 2000 as part of an environmental cleanup.  People from all around the are... Read more
The Lake Source Cooling facility on Ithaca High School’s campus is a small brick building at the back of the campus, near the bus stop on Lake Street. When Cornell University planned to install the Lake Source Cooling System, it made a pr... Read more
Welcome to the Lake Source Cooling (LSC) Campus Heat Exchange facility! Look up and to the right of the Lake and you will spot it! This might just look like an ordinary lakeside building, but this building represents a huge leap in green te... Read more
Stewart Park provides one of the best views of Cayuga Lake available! Enjoy the scenery from one of the park’s swinging benches. Cayuga lake offers natural beauty to the community while also being an extremely important asset to the water... Read more
The Fall Creek inlet at Cayuga Lake borders Stewart Park. Along the edge of the creek at the mouth of the inlet lie a couple of footbridges and a boathouse. Make use of these park features to enjoy the surrounding area.  Fall Creek is one ... Read more
The Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility was founded in 1987 and serves the City of Ithaca, the Town of Ithaca, and parts of the Town of Dryden. Everyday the facility treats around 6.5 million gallons of wastewater. This is enough wate... Read more
On your way to the Cascadilla Creek inlet to Cayuga Lake along the Cayuga Waterfront trail, the Route 13 Bridge will cross Cascadilla Creek. This is where a dredging project will begin in 2020 to increase flood resilience in Ithaca and remo... Read more


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