Upcoming Events

PARK MASTER PLANS UNDERWAY - Saturday, April 21st Kick Off Meeting
10:00 am at the Crystal beach Fire Department 

Ontario County is developing a master plan for Ontario Beach Park and Deep Run Park, two small parks on the eastern shore of Canandaigua Lake in the Town of Gorham. The purpose of this master plan is to identify opportunities to increase park amenities and access to Canandaigua Lake while building on the existing aesthetic character and stunning lake views at these two parks. The Plan will incorporate a pragmatic and creative fusion of engineering, ecology and recreation planning to build cohesive, attractive and sustainable waterfront park designs for Ontario Beach Park and Deep Run Park.

The first public meeting will be held on Saturday April 21st, 10 am at the Crystal Beach Fire Department in the Town of Gorham. The meeting will be in an open house format. The consultant will present analysis of the existing conditions and preliminary recommendations and solicit feedback from the community about Ontario Beach Park and Deep Run Park. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas. Check out the flyer for full details.

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Grazing & Soil Health Workshop including a Pasture Walk at Sweet Grass Meats 
Thursday, April 26th 2018
Pasture walk begins at 4:00 PM with workshop to follow from 6-9 PM

Pasture Walk: Sweet Grass Meats 290 Basset Rd, Naples
Workshop: Naples Fire Hall 2 Race Street, Naples

Join Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District, Yates County CCE, and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association for a Workshop featuring presentations from leading experts on Grazing and Soil Health.

4:00 – 5:15  – Pasture Walk with Troy Bishopp at Sweet Grass Meats

5:30 – 6:00 – Registration for Workshop at Naples Fire Hall

6:00 – 7:00 – Keynote Speaker, Troy Bishopp: “Charting a Course Towards Making Better Decision for your Livestock, Land & Life”

7:00 – 7:15  – Break and Refreshments

7:15 – 7:45  – Tucker Kautz (ONTSWCD): “Agricultural Environmental Management: Productive Farms and Healthy Watersheds”

7:45 – 8:30 – Caroline Boutard-Hunt (Yates County CCE): “Soil Health for the Small Farm and Homestead”

8:30 – 9:00- Open Forum Q&A Session

To pre-register for this event, email or call (585) 394-5030 to reserve your space and pay at the door. Cost is $5 per participant.

Download a registration form here. 


Past Events

VIEWPOINTS EVENT: Finger Lakes Mercury Project, Focus on Canandaigua Lake 
Tuesday, Marc 6th 2018 
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Mercury is a global pollutant that impacts communities at the local level. The Finger Lakes Mercury Project was initiated in 2015 by the Finger Lakes Institute in collaboration with Finger Lakes Community College, to assess the extent of mercury contamination in Finger Lakes aquatic food webs. Findings were presented for Canandaigua Lake zooplankton, benthos and fish, stream macroinvertebrates and fish, and placed in the context of trends observed for other Finger Lakes.

Presented by: Roxanne Razavi (PhD, Queen’s University, 2014; ecotoxicology, limnology, environmental toxicology, mercury) Roxanne is an Assistant Professor in SUNY ESF’s Department of Environmental and Forest Biology.


Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:00 PM
South Bristol Town Hall

CLWA hosted a landowner workshop on the impacts of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), an invasive forest insect that is threatening our region’s hemlock trees.

Cover_HWA_Whitmore_highres_horizHWA has been found throughout the Canandaigua Lake watershed and tree mortality typically occurs 6-10 years after infestation. Landowners are encouraged to attend a workshop on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:00 PM at the South Bristol Town Hall to learn more about the threat, and how to identify and manage HWA on their own property.

The workshop, led by Charlotte Malmborg of the New York State Hemlock Initiative, will feature information on the identification of hemlock trees and HWA, management strategies for landowners, and key information on the history and fate of HWA across the region. The NYS Hemlock Initiative’s new Biocontrol Research Lab on the Cornell Campus will also be discussed. A licensed pesticide applicator will be on hand to answer questions about the various treatment options available to landowners.

Eastern hemlocks occupy a unique position in our Finger Lakes forests. Because they are so shade tolerant, they grow in the shady gullies where other trees can’t. Their cover and root systems help to reduce both erosion and the temperature for the streams running to Canandaigua Lake. Hemlocks are the “cornerstone” of a unique ecological community of plants, such as ferns and mosses, and animals, such as salamanders and brook trout that are increasingly rare in urbanized areas. CLWA is very concerned about the potential loss of hemlocks in the lake’s gullies that could lead to increased erosion and nutrient losses.

Phosphorus: Forms, Bioavailability, and Importance
Presented by: Tony Prestigiacomo
Tony is a Research Scientist with the DEC’s Finger Lakes Watershed Hub who’s interests include water quality monitoring, nutrient loading, and the interactions between lakes and streams.

Blue Green Algae Blooms: Is Phosphorous Responsible? Phosphorus is often described as the nutrient that limits primary production in temperate freshwater ecosystems. However, phosphorus exists in multiple forms and not all forms are equally useable by algae and phytoplankton for growth. Understanding common types of phosphorus and their relative availability to primary producers can be important knowledge for management of watersheds and lake water quality.

View the presentation here: