The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring and education program that is managed by DEC and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).
CSLAP HAS THREE MAJOR OBJECTIVES:
- collect lake data for representative lakes throughout NYS
- identify lake problems and changes in water quality
- educate the public about lake conservation
CLWA joined CSLAP in 2017. Two sites are monitored on Canandaigua Lake each summer by volunteers, a northern sampling site (northeast off Tichenor Gully, 54 m depth) and a southern site (mid-lake off Willow Grove Point, 78 m depth). Samplers go out biweekly from June to the end of September for a total of eight sampling sessions at each site. Samples are collected from surface waters (epilimnion) and from deeper waters (hypolimnion). Parameters include water temperature, Secchi transparency, conductivity, pH, color, total phosphorus, nitrogen (total, NOx, ammonia), Chlorophyll a calcium, and chloride. Samples are also collected to determine the potential presence of harmful algal blooms. The data collected is used by the NYSDEC and our local lake groups to assess the current state of our lake, and also to compile trend data on the changes over time.
CLWA would like to thank our volunteers Dee and Bert Crofton, Steve Zumbo, and Marty Lasher for their commitment to this program and for all their efforts to help us gain additional knowledge about the water quality of Canandaigua Lake!
2020 CSLAP REPORTS
2019 CSLAP REPORTS
2018 CSLAP REPORTS
2017 CSLAP REPORTS
FLCC /CANANDAIGUA LAKE WATERSHED COUNCIL MONTHLY SAMPLING PROGRAM
To gain a thorough understanding of lake water quality, monitoring has been conducted of Canandaigua Lake since 1996 by researchers at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) – for two decades by Dr. Bruce Gilman, and now by professor Patty Thompson. The lake sampling and monitoring program consists of monthly visits, April through November, to six locations within the lake (two mid-lake and four near shore sites). The two mid-lake stations are in the center of the lake off Deep Run and Seneca Point, and several water quality measures are recorded at each site.
Annual reports and presentations have documented the quality of the lake each year, as well as trends over the years.