Watershed protection has been a community focus since the late 1980s, when community leaders and county agencies formed the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Task Force with the goal of raising awareness about the issues facing Canandaigua Lake. The critical work of the Task Force eventually led to the development of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council under the following timeline:
The Watershed Council and its member municipalities have been successful in obtaining over $1 million in state grant funding to help implement many priority actions that will be highlighted throughout this Plan update. The intermunicipal agreement that brings the municipalities together has been reaffirmed every five years since 2000.
The Watershed Council has been recognized with the following awards: