Upcoming Events

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CLWA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00 PM at FLCC Stage 14

The Annual Meeting is a great place to hear more about current watershed initiatives!

Join us for a business meeting with officer and director elections, reports from the Chair and Treasurer, and award recognitions including the announcement of our 2019 Photo Contest winners. Please note, at this meeting we will also hold a vote to amend our Bylaws. The specific issues will be to increase the number of Board members to 18 and to create a new CLWA Advisory Board.

After the business meeting, stay for two great presentations focused on our watershed.


Anthony R. Prestigiacomo
Research Scientist, DEC Division of Water, Finger Lakes Watershed Hub

Canandaigua Lake is a historically low nutrient lake that has, since 2015, documented shoreline accumulations of cyanobacteria and, recently, experienced large-scale, open water cyanobacterial blooms in the northern portion. At this talk, Tony will describe his summer research project on Canandaigua Lake, which is designed to collect detailed temporal (in time), vertical (in depth), and spatial data at multiple locations at both open-water and nearshore sites for field parameters, user perception, trophic state indicators (nutrients, chlorophyll-a, and clarity), in-situ chlorophyll-a and phycocyanin concentrations, and microcystin toxins. The information collected will be used to: (1) collect scientifically defensible data sets to help understand the formation and distribution of cyanobacteria biomass and microcystins in low nutrient lakes, and (2) determine the representativeness of the open water, long-term monitoring location compared to intensively monitoring, additional sites from this study.

Kevin Olvany, Watershed Program Manager (Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council) will also present on the new Canandaigua Lake Water Trail.

Please register by emailing or by calling (585) 394-5030. We hope to see you on Wednesday, August 14th!

Past Events

Bird Walk at the FLCC Trails
Saturday, May 25th at 7:30 am

Join the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association for an early morning bird walk at the FLCC trails led by Doug Daniels, a Canandaigua resident with a keen interest in birds. We will gather in the student parking lot at FLCC. Park as close as you can to the southwest corner –the woods will be across the entrance road. We will be hiking 1-2 miles at a slow pace. Bugs may be an issue so bring insect repellant as you wish and don’t forget your binoculars!

The date of the walk was chosen to coincide with peak migration of passerines (songbirds) which breed in the Finger Lakes region. Many birds breed in NYS but many others move through during migration to more northerly habitats.

Viewpoints Event: Understanding the Fate and Impacts of Plastics Pollution in the Great Lakes
Presented by Dr. Matt Hoffman
Thursday, May 2 2019 at 6:30 PM
Finger Lakes Community College Stage 14

In recent years, there has been an increased concern about impacts of microplastics in the Great Lakes and freshwater systems around the world, though there is much still unknown about the fate, transport, and impacts of microplastic. Open water sampling campaigns and beach cleanups have established the presence of plastic particles in the water and in organisms, while modeling studies have tried to map the distribution and estimate the magnitude of the problem.

At this talk, Dr. Hoffman will discuss his work modeling plastic pollution, and will share knowledge on the distribution and ecological risk of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid WorkshopCover_HWA_Whitmore_highres_horiz
Tuesday, April 9th from 5:30-7:30
Naples Library 118 S. Main Street, Naples NY 14512

Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County welcomed Charlotte Malmborg from the NYS Hemlock Initiative for a presentation about research updates and management of hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA).

Healthy Lawns, Healthy Lake 
Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 PM
Finger Lakes Community College Stage 14

Learn simple strategies that we can incorporate into our lawn and landscape practices to protect the health of the lake!  Environmentally-minded professionals will teach us how to reduce our lawn pesticides and unnecessary fertilizer to protect water quality, and share tips for minimizing runoff and pollutants. Special emphasis on landscaping with native plants, and the creation of rain gardens

Featuring Presentations from:
Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care
Broccolo believes that everyone has lakefront property through your connections to storm sewers in your residential neighborhoods. Representatives will present creative designs for rain gardens and natural functioning drainage swales to control storm water overflow. Your landscape design can minimize pollutants into our watershed including green algae reduction.

Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District
Representatives will present information on lake healthy practices including knowing where your stormwater drains run to, fertilizers/pesticide use on lawns, installing rain barrels to conserve water, and much more.

CLWA will be available to talk about our Lake-Friendly Lawn Care campaign and will have yard signs available for pickup.

Event flyer here: March 21 2019 Viewpoints.


Canandaigua Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Forum
Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 PM 
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This summer, Canandaigua Lake experienced an unprecedented Harmful Algae Bloom event that impacted our use and enjoyment of the lake. For the first time ever, detectable levels of toxins were found in the drinking water supply of a community drawing water from Canandaigua Lake.

On Tuesday, November 13th 2018, we hosted an important community forum with leading experts to discuss results from 2018 monitoring efforts, the factors that influence algal blooms, and the local and Statewide efforts to protect our water resources.

Speakers included:

Kevin Olvany, CPESC CPSWQ
Watershed Program Manager, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
“Local HAB trends and Monitoring Efforts”
View presentation here.

Rebecca M. Gorney, PhD
Research Scientist, Division of Water
Lake Monitoring & Assessment Section, NYS DEC
“NYS DEC HABs Program: Results from 2018”
View presentation here.

Anthony R. Prestigiacomo
Research Scientist, Division of Water
Finger Lakes Watershed Hub, NYS DEC
“HABs in Low Nutrient Lakes: Mechanisms, Knowledge Gaps, and Moving Forward”

Lloyd R. Wilson, PhD
Director of Drinking Water Program for NYS
Bureau of Water Supply Protection, NYS Department of Health
“HABs and Drinking Water”




CLWA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 15th
6:00-8:00 PM
Finger Lakes Community College Stage 14

The Annual Meeting is a great place to hear more about current watershed initiatives! Join us for a business meeting with officer elections, bylaw updates, reports from the Chair and Treasurer, and award recognitions including the announcement of our 2018 Photo Contest winners. Kevin Olvany, Watershed Program Manager (Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council) will deliver the evening’s keynote presentation, sharing information on the current water quality status of the lake and highlighting local programs and projects aimed at addressing watershed threats. State Senator Pam Helming will also join us to share her perspective on the New York State programs focused on water quality issues. We hope to see you there!


VIEWPOINTS EVENT: Finger Lakes Mercury Project, Focus on Canandaigua Lake 
Tuesday, March 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.


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: