Protecting the Lifeblood of our region

Canandaigua Lake is invaluable to residents and visitors alike. Over 60,000 people depend on our clean water for drinking, nearly $100 million is generated from tourism and recreation, and the value of the lake-influenced tax base is approaching $1 billion.

The beauty of Canandaigua Lake is without question the reason most people live here or visit.  The purpose of the watershed protection program is to maintain and enhance the quality of life this watershed provides to all its inhabitants by protecting the lifeblood of this region- Canandaigua Lake and its surrounding watershed.

[Click here for a map of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed]

Mission of the Watershed Council

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, consisting of publicly elected representatives from each of the fourteen watershed and water purveying municipalities is the lead organization in the protection of the Canandaigua Lake watershed.  It is the goal of the Watershed Council to maintain and enhance the high water quality of the Canandaigua Lake watershed through education, research, restoration and if necessary regulation.  The Watershed Council strives to cooperate and partner with the various citizen groups along with county, state and federal agencies to more effectively and efficiently implement the plan.

New: Draft Canandaigua Lake Uniform Docks and Moorings Law

This is the final draft that has been submitted to each of the municipalities for adoption. Public Hearings will occur sometime this spring.  Please stay in contact with your municipality on updates on their adoption process.

Kevin Olvany, Watershed Program Manager

205 Saltonstall St.

Canandaigua, NY 14424


New: Final Canandaigua Lake Boat Use Inventory and Carrying Capacity Analysis- Endorsed by Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council- June 1st, 2010


2009 Long Term Water Quality Report



2009 Budget 

Land Use Subcommittee Report


Phosphorus Trends 1996-2009. 

The graph below shows a substantial decrease in in-lake phosphorus levels in 2009 compared to the long term trend (in black).  The blue line is average in-lake phosphorus levels for each year.  80 samples are collected between April and November of each year from 6 different locations and at different depths.  The black line is a trend line that smooth's out  the data and shows a general long term trend in phosphorus levels.  There are a variety of factors influencing the level of  phosphorus in the lake.  Zebra mussels can have a substantial impact along with runoff from the various pollution sources.  Years with higher phosphorus levels coincided with three lake wide algal blooms.  The blooms were much more intense than previous blooms, reducing clarity by 25 feet and created a pungent smell that was noticed over 1 mile inland. 

We will continue to monitor this trend, along with vigorously implementing the watershed protection strategy.










Strategic Plan Update: 2005-2009

       Timber Harvesting Law- Consensus changes    Several towns have either adopted or are considering adopting a version of the timber harvesting law to reduce erosion from logging operations.  Meetings in the fall of 2006 produced this updated version of the law for towns to consider adopting.  

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council received the 2004 Environmental Excellence Award from New York State DEC and the Clean Water Partner Award for the 21st Century from the U.S. EPA.






Creation of this website was funded in part by the NYS Dept of State through Title 11 of the NYS- Environmental Protection Fund.

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council Bylaws

Funding Formula and Weighted Voting 

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
205 Saltonstall St
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.396.3630 ~ 585.396.3630 (Fax)
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This Page Last Updates On: February 16, 2011