Local and Regional Watershed Groups

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
Lead agency overseeing the protection of the Canandaigua Lake watershed. Consists of publicly elected representatives from each of the fourteen watershed and water purveying municipalities. Goal is to maintain and enhance high water quality through education, research, restoration and, if necessary, regulation. Site provides access to the Watershed Management Plan, monitoring programs, publications, lake level reports, and much more.

Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance
FLRWA brings together the members, expertise and desires of the Finger Lakes watershed associations to preserve and protect their watersheds with a collective regional voice; to join forces to advocate for mutually beneficial regional changes, backed by sound research; and to promote collective actions that represent the desires of the entire Finger Lakes region.

The Finger Lakes Institute
Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments.

Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance(FLLOWPA)
Coalition of all 25 counties in New York State’s Lake Ontario drainage basin. Fosters coordinated watershed management programs across the Lake Ontario Basin based on local needs.

Ontario County Docking and Mooring Law
Focuses on regulating the uses and number of facilities allowed per lineal foot of lakeshore of a parcel.

Land Preservation

Finger Lakes Land Trust Since 1989 has worked to protect the natural integrity of the Finger Lakes Region. Protected thousands of acres of wetlands, streams, meadows, forests, farmlands and shrublands throughout the region. Examples: South Hill (Middlesex), Grimes Glen (Naples), and the new South Bristol Overlook.

The Nature Conservancy Though global, also works with private landowners to preserve lands through conservation easements. Example: Watershed on Coy Road.

Tourist Resources

Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce Site offers a wealth of information for people living in and visiting the Canandaigua area: places to stay, things to do, facilities for groups and meetings, and much more.

Canandaigua Lake Parks Brief description of area parks, camping, accommodations, attractions, and more.

The Finger Lakes Connection Comprehensive resource for all the Finger Lakes region offers.

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Site provides information about places to stay, things to do, places to eat, and much more in the greater Finger Lakes region.

New York Wine and Culinary Center Designed to engage, excite and inspire people in a celebration of New York wine and food. Educational and experiential gateway to New York State’s incredible wine, food and culinary industries.


Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting New York’s natural resources and environment.

Boating Licenses General information about licenses needed to operate boats and jet skis.

DEC Fishing Licensing General information about fishing in Canandaigua Lake, the Finger Lakes region, and other parts of New York State.

New York State Department of Health Watershed Protection and Partnership Council, coastal resources, waterfronts.

New York State Department of State Watershed Protection and Partnership Council, coastal resources, waterfronts.


Center for Watershed Protection Non-profit corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation’s most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers. Has developed and disseminated a multi-disciplinary strategy to watershed protection that encompasses watershed planning, watershed restoration, stormwater management, watershed research, better site design, education and outreach, and watershed training.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laws, regulations, and guidance regarding all aspects of protecting the environment.

Local Government Websites

Town of Bristol

City of Canandaigua

Town of Canandaigua

Town of Gorham

Town of Hopewell

Town of Italy

Town of Middlesex

Village of Naples

Ontario County

Town of Potter

Town of South Bristol