Focus:   The Citizen Science Committee creates opportunities for community members to engage in scientific data collection by collaborating with local and regional research institutions to implement targeted science-based programs.

Duties and activities:

  • The Committee researches, develops and implements citizen science programs and coordinates with partner organizations like the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, New York State DEC, Finger Lakes Institute, and FLCC.
  • Oversees the Shoreline Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program, the Secchi Disk Program, and Citizen’s Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP).
  • Seeks ways to engage the community in water quality issues and broaden our volunteer base.
  • Researches the best methods for sharing citizen science program results with the public.
  • Attends research conferences, workshops, and symposiums to learn more about the emerging science behind water quality concerns like harmful algal blooms and share CLWA program results with the research community.


Coordinating our Secchi Disk Program with volunteers to monitor changes in water clarity and contribute towards long-term data collection.

Recruiting and training volunteers to participate in our Shoreline Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring Program and actively seeking ways to engage our community on HABs concerns.

Actively participating in cutting edge-research initiatives though creative partnerships with academic institutions.

Presenting results of our monitoring efforts at local and regional conferences.

Working with like-minded environmental groups to participate in crowd-sourced community science programs.