Keith S. Porter Adjunct Professor of Law (Spring term)
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Contact Information

Cornell University
G83 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-2320
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

U.S. Editor, Journal of Water Law; former Director, New York State Water Resources Institute.

Keith Porter was appointed at Cornell University as Visiting Assistant Professor in 1974. He subsequently directed groundwater research that influenced land use policy to protect groundwater, and on pesticide regulation at state and federal levels. Professor Porter has had a leading role in the nonpoint source program of New York State as a founder member of the NYS Nonpoint Source Steering Committee and the NYS Water Management Advisory Committee. He was appointed the Director of the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell in 1986. From that year until 2007, when he retired from the position, he raised about $15 million to support inter-disciplinary research and outreach programmes in New York State.

While Director of the Institute, Professor Porter was the Cornell Principal Investigator in the nationally significant New York City Watershed Program, in which he engaged Cornell faculty in a $7.0 million research program involving multiple disciplines. In 1997, Professor Porter was awarded the Community and Rural Development Institute Innovator Award on behalf of the Cornell interdisciplinary team. In 1998, he was awarded the Addleshaw Booth & Company Postgraduate Environmental Law Prize by De Montford Law School. In 2003, he received the Water Resources Achievement Award, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Professor Porter is also the US Editor for the Journal of Water Law. He is a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Wetland Trust, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell American Indian Program. He is the US Principal in a UK-based international research program on watershed management. Currently he is authoring the Study Guide: International Environmental Law University of London International Programmes, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, SOAS.


B.A. 1964, University of California, Santa Barbara
LL.M. 1999, De Montford School of Law, Leicester, U.K.