The nearly 1000-acre Bard campus is bordered by the Hudson River to the west and is part of the Hudson River Direct Drainage area, Saw Kill Subwatershed.

The Saw Kill provides the College with its drinking water. Our waste water is returned to the Saw Kill after it is treated at our sewer treatment plant. Bard seeks to continuously improve our practices related to conservation of water and waste water, as well as our storm water practices.

Storm Water and Waste Water

Storm water comes from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into waterways. Storm water pollution is one of the leading non–point source pollution causes of stream health degradation in New York State.  Bard was awarded funding from the NYSEFC to implement a Regional Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project at Olin parking lot.  The project used permeable asphalt, porous paver walkways, a constructed wetland, bioretention, and bioswales. Read about the project here.

Drinking Water and Water Conservation

Although more than 75 percent of the Earth's surface is made up of water, only 2.8 percent of the Earth's water is available for human consumption.
The Bard Water Lab is a student-run, community-centered laboratory devoted to bringing water science to water communities. Click here to find out more.
Click here to find out more about the Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air, Water, and Community.