Historic Partnership and Purpose
The Jefferson Project at Lake George is a historic partnership of The FUND for Lake George, IBM, RPI and Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute to make Lake George a global model for ecosystem understanding and protection. By creating predictive capacities that harness latest science to light the path forward, this model aims to deliver ecological and market benefits that are widely felt, in the U.S. and worldwide.
Inspiration and Destination
Equipped with one of the most comprehensive scientific databases for a freshwater lake in the world, Project partners are using this information as a springboard to understanding and solving the systemic problems now threatening to permanently degrade the Queen of American Lakes. The Project name comes from Thomas Jefferson's timeless declaration of Lake George as: “without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw”—words that provide both inspiration and destination for this unprecedented endeavor.
Results of The Jefferson Project will be integral to The FUND’s Legacy Strategy and its single driving goal: Stopping the present decline of water quality and achieving sustained protection of Lake George for the next generation. Our success will make Lake George one of the only lakes of any size in the nation that functions ecologically in a nearly natural state. A state-of-the-art systems approach to problem solving fuses monitoring, modeling, simulation, forecasting and experimentation. This powerful combination of tools will inform and compel smart decision-making to secure ecosystem resilience in the face of long-term pressures from climate change and intensifying human use. The Jefferson Project promises to set the standard for restoration efforts anywhere in the world by showing how a complex natural system can be deliberately studied for the purpose of sustaining protection.