Monitoring Canandaigua Lake has been ongoing since 1997. Water quality samples are collected April through December and tested for Water Quality.
Monitored 17 tributaries during 55 storm events from 1997-2000. Ongoing tributary chloride sampling. Partners included: SUNY Brockport (tributary sampling program from 1997-2000), FLCC- Bruce Gilman tributary chloride sampling (1996- present), Watershed Association and Watershed Inspector. Link to Study.
Landcover mapping of the entire watershed was completed using the Natural Heritage Classification System. Partners: FLCC (Bruce Gilman), County Planning, RIT interns, Watershed Council and FLLOWPA.
Watershed Council obtained funding, hired an RIT grad student and provides coordination for the Natural Capital Study. Partners include Watershed Association and Dr. Bruce Gilman at FLCC.
An in-depth analysis of the current peak boat usage on the lake and recommendations for appropriate boat capacity based on four different methodologies. Link to Study.
Conducted stressed stream analysis on several streams including Sucker Brook, Fall Brook, Vine Valley. Also conduct visual inspections of watersheds during storm events. Partners included: SUNY Brockport, FLCC, Watershed Association and Watershed Inspector.
The Watershed Education Program’s environmental educators have worked closely with K-12 teachers to develop a variety of hands-on, activity based workshops focused on watershed topics that meet NYS Science Standards and local school district teaching objectives. Learn More.
The Watershed Council and CLWA partner together to work with local schools and youth service groups to place markers on storms drains within the Canandaigua Lake Watershed boundaries. This project is critical to educating the public about the direct connection between stormwater runoff and lake water quality. Learn More.
Watershed Council created and installed new Watershed boundary signs on local/county and state roads.
Watershed Council developed and installed four educational kiosks around the lake that review the importance of Watershed Management, stormwater impacts and threats and what individuals can do.
Getting information out to the general public and raising awareness about water quality issues and solutions is vital to protecting the Canandaigua Lake watershed. Issues include water-friendly lawn and landscaping practices, storm water management practices and invasive species awareness. Learn More.
Over 8.4 million pounds of slightly contaminated sediment were removed from a section of Sucker Brook between Parrish Street and 5 and 20 Bypass. Material was brought to landfill and used as daily cover. Watershed Council coordinated the project and partnered with County, Town and City to complete project. Improved water quality and reduced potential upstreaming flooding. Grant funding through DOS.
Created two- acre stormwater wetland on Canandaigua City School District Pearl Street property. Stormwater wetlands created to solve flooding problems at Primary School- 17 classrooms flooded on two occasions. Partnered with Town, County, School and City. Grant funding through DOS
Town of Canandaigua created the Deuel Road stormwater management facility in partnership with the local farmer and Watershed Council to reduce flood related damage to Deuel Road.
Watershed Council obtained grant funding, coordinated efforts and provided the in-kind assistance to work with county, town and city forces to build the bio-retention area.
Watershed Council designed and coordinated the Fall Brook/ Canandaigua Country Club stream stabilization project (1,200 feet both sides). Partnered with Town of Canandaigua Highway Department to complete work.
Watershed Council worked with several partners to create the Lagoon Park Habitat Restoration Plan. Provided significant planting assistance and applied for two grants to help pay to implement the plan. Partners include: Botanical Society, City, Watershed Association, Soil and Water and FLCC students.
Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired numerous properties and conservation easements throughout watershed totaling close to 900 acres. They have also provided project assistance on numerous projects.
Town of Canandaigua and Town of Gorham have dedicated open space funds to protect high priority lands which have been utilized on several locations. Watershed Council and other partners provided seed funding to Finger Lakes Land Trust for open space acquisition in Gorham, Middlesex and Naples.
The Nature Conservancy obtained land adjacent to Hi-Tor (Parrish Flats Road) and transferred it to NYS. They also manage other land within the watershed.
Land use regulations such as zoning, subdivision, site plan review, building codes, stormwater and floodplain management, onsite wastewater and are just a few ways municipalities can ensure development and human activity minimally impact the lake. These regulations are particularly important for reducing non-point source pollution. The municipalities have primary land use control in New York State. The Watershed Council provides assistance to the municipalities in developing regulations and technical assistance in implementing regulations.