Upcoming Events

CLWA Annual Meeting
Thursday, August 17th 6:00 PM

We hope you will join us on August 17th to learn more about what the Association has been up to. 

Join us for a business meeting with officer elections, reports from the Chair and Treasurer, and award recognitions.  Stay for two great presentations that are sure to be of interest to all watershed residents.

Mission of the Finger Lakes Water Hub
Anthony Prestigiacomo, Research Scientist with the Finger Lakes Water Hub, will introduce us to the group’s mission of addressing water quality issues across the Finger Lakes region.

“State of the Lake” Presentation
Kevin Olvany, Watershed Program Manager (Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council) will deliver the evening’s keynote presentation on the current water quality status of the Canandaigua Lake watershed.  Kevin will share water quality data and will identify potential threats to the health and overall environment of the lake. Impacts of the area’s recent storm events will also be discussed.

Snacks and wine donated by Constellation Brands will be served. We hope you will join us.

To register for the event call (585) 394-5030 or email


What Lives in Grimes Glen? 
Saturday, August 26th at 10:00 am

Cosponsored by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Picture1

Environmental Educators Edith Davey and Steve Lewandowski will lead a workshop focused on macroinvertebrates – creatures without backbones but visible to the naked eye. The presence or absence of certain indicator species of aquatic life is a definite marker of a stream’s health. Great for kids and adults alike. Be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Please meet Edith and Steve at the mouth of Grimes Glen at 9:45 (at the end of Vine Street in the Village of Naples). Turn between the Naples Valley Theater and the Fire Hall.

No registration required — free and open to the public. Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain, sun or snow. Please check our Facebook page or web site for updates.



Viewpoints: Canandaigua Lake Fishery UpdateIMG_6174
Thursday, June 15th 6:30 – 8 PM
FLCC Stage 14 

DEC Aquatic Biologist Pete Austerman will present historical changes to fish populations in Canandaigua Lake and give the current status of the fishery. DEC fish management activities and current lake conditions that impact the fishery will also be discussed.

View the Flyer

How to Build a Rain Garden Free Workshop
June 10, 2017 at 1PM

Outhouse Park

Join Edith Davey (Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District) for a workshop on the construction of rain gardens. Ran gardens are a beneficial way to Filter Runoff, Attract Birds and Butterflies, Restore Groundwater and Stream Flows and  Protect Canandaigua Lake from Pollutants.

View the Flyer: Rain Garden Workshop

HWA Film Screening and Community Discussion
Thursday, February 23rd 6:30-8 PM
Ewing Family Community Room, Wood Library

Join CLWA and The Hemlock Initiative for a screening of Chris Foito’s film “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid”, followed by a discussion with the state’s top HWA researcher, Mark Whitmore (Forest Entomologist, Cornell University).

Attendees can expect to get the most complete and current information on the movement of this invasive forest pest across NYS. Property owners can learn more about HWA management options.


Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the Loss of an Ecosystem
Filmaker: Chris Foito

It’s an insect few people have heard of – yet it is devastating our hemlock trees and the delicate forest ecosystems that depend upon them. The hemlock woolly adelgid is infesting our own backyards of New York and has already spread throughout the east coast of North America from the Carolinas up into Canada. The documentary, “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid” aims to engage and educate the viewer on this often overlooked invasive species by explaining its past, present, and what could easily be the future if significant action is not taken

Download the event flyer here.

Soil Heath and Nutrient Management Workshop
Thursday, February 16th 9AM-3PM
King’s Party House 

Workshop will address topics such as:  proper use of chemical nutrients and pesticides; proper storage and use of manure; and use of various environmentally friendly farming practices such as strip farming, no-till farming, and use of buffer strips

Keynote Speaker: Steve Groff, Cover Crop Coaching Holtwood, PA (Lancaster County). Co-sponsored by CLWA and Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District.

View the full agenda here: 2.16.17 Soil Health & Nutrient Management Workshop Flyer

VIEWPOINTS: Invasive Threats to Canandaigua Lake 

On Tuesday, November 1st at FLCC, CLWA hosted its Fall Viewpoints event on the “Invasive Threats to Canandaigua Lake”. Attendees heard about the efforts being done within the watershed to monitor and manage populations of invasive species that could harm the lake, damage property values and increase the cost of filtering drinking water.

Presenters included:Nov.1.viewpoints

  • Hilary Mosher, Coordinator of the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), discussed the recent activities of the Water Chestnut Strike Team in removing the plant from the West River and other areas of the Finger Lakes, as well as the new threat of oak wilt to the Canandaigua area.
  • Sam Beck-Anderson of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart & William Smith Colleges presented a report about the success of the Watercraft Stewards in removing invasive plants and animals from 15,000 visiting boats at launches in 2016.
  • Stephen Lewandowski of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association reported on the movement of the tree-killing Woolly Adelgid into the Canandaigua Lake Watershed and offered positive solutions for owners of hemlock trees.

PDFs of the presentations:

Hillary Mosher: Water Chestnut Presentation

Sam Beck Anderson: Watercraft Steward Program

Steve Lewandowski: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid