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Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, headquartered in the City of Beacon in Dutchess County, New York, is a not-for-profit environmental research organization. Its mission is to create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries.

Beacon Institute implements its mission through a multi-disciplinary focus on science and technology, education and policy. Teams of scientists, engineers, educators, historians and policy experts take an integrated view of how communities and ecosystems interact as they create new mechanisms through which humans can gain a more sophisticated understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, economic development, restoration of ecosystems and quality of life.