2023 Annual Appeal.

Every year, we appeal for funds to support programs that protect Canandaigua Lake. Now more than ever, our lake is facing various stresses from nutrient loading, heavy recreational use, silt from heavy rain storms, and imbalances in the natural system from invasive species such as quagga mussels.

This year, we ask for contributions to fund vital programs, such as the following:

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Research on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) 

Understanding why a low-nutrient lake like Canandaigua continues to experience highly toxic HABs remains largely under-studied. Funding is needed to study the effects of possible contributing factors, like nutrient run-off from intense storms and pervasive, invasive quagga mussel infestation. CLWA plans to employ Global Aquatic Research to write and apply for a grant of sufficient size to fund this multi-year research project with a collaborative team of scientists with expertise in the field.

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Healthy Land and Clean Water – Stopping Invasive Threats

We need financial support to fund our work with our partners and watershed landowners to monitor and manage destructive invasive species. Specifically, this initiative will target the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) which threatens the trees that stabilize our deep-slope gullies, and the spotted lantern fly, which feeds on grape vines and fruit trees that are vital to our local economy. In addition, funding is needed to continue to protect our lake from aquatic invasive species through the watercraft steward program and boat wash station.

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Building Bridges with the Agricultural Community

Much of the nutrient loading entering Canandaigua Lake comes from agricultural fields in the watershed.  We cannot solve the problem without the cooperation of local farmers. We plan to engage experts in regenerative agriculture to work with the local farming community, finding economically feasible practices to keep soils and nutrients in the fields, thus reducing pollution to the lake.

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.

Contributions are fully tax-deductible; our tax ID # is 16-1071349.



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