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Year-Long Study Culminates in
Water Symposium

[NWNL’s Alison Jones on Panel]
Reprinted from The Masters School Bulletin,
Dobbs Ferry, NY, Fall 2014.


The Masters School hosted a “Water Symposium” on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. This event was the culminating project of the School’s yearlong water-based initiative. Throughout the year, students read and wrote about water, conducted experiments including a taste test, and made it one of the five themes of the sophomore Model United Nations.

John Cronin, Jr., founder and current executive director of the Beacon Institute, addressed the Upper School during an extended morning meeting. For 37 years, he has dedicated his career to environment and innovation. He has worked as an advocate, legislative and congressional aide, commercial fisherman, professor, author and filmmaker. He is known internationally for his Hudson River work, for which the Wall Street Journal called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways.” He served as Hudson Riverkeeper from 1983–2000, a position that has inspired a legacy of 200 Waterkeeper programs that fight pollution on six continents.

The celebration continued with a school-wide assembly in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre with a viewing of an edited version of the film Last Call at the Oasis. Following the film, a panel discussion was moderated by Karl Weber, editor of the companion book to the film. Distinguished panelists included Alison Jones, conservation photographer and founder of the No Water, No Life Foundation, Alex Prud’homme, author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century and Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, Nicholas A. Robinson, distinguished professor on the Environment and Co-Director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies at Pace University, and Mr. Cronin.