2022 Annual Appeal.
The challenges to protect watershed health have increased, and we need your support now more than ever to ensure that these threats are addressed through innovative programs, partnerships, and projects.
Here are the projects your gift will support in 2022-2023:
CLWA Science Discovery Center
Our citizen scientists are actively engaged in monitoring the changing conditions of the lake, while our educators are working tirelessly with pre-school, elementary, and middle school students to prepare them to become its future stewards. With your financial support, CLWA can establish a Science Discovery Center at our new office space in downtown Canandaigua. This station will feature field microscopes and other analytical equipment needed by our scientists, and by our educators and their students, as they seek to better understand the changes in the lake that promote harmful algal blooms (HABs) and other threats.
CLWA Water and Wildlife Summer Camp
This summer, we are piloting a week-long, immersive day camp experience at Onanda Park for middle school students. Students will engage in meaningful, science-based lessons, grounded in real-world monitoring and scientific discovery techniques. Should it prove successful, we hope to expand this opportunity to more weeks and to additional students who, we believe, will begin to develop an appreciation for their roles as lifelong watershed stewards.
Healthy Land for Clean Water Initiative
Financial support for our Healthy Land for Clean Water Initiative will fund our work with our partners and watershed landowners to monitor, trap, and destroy destructive insect species. Specifically, this initiative will target the hemlock wooly adelgid insects that threaten trees that stabilize deep-slope gullies, and the spotted lantern fly, which feeds on grape vines and fruit trees that are vital to our local economy.
We are asking for your support—above and beyond what your membership dues already help us accomplish. Please join with us in expanding our efforts to preserve, protect, and promote the Canandaigua Lake watershed.