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The Watershed Education Program's Key Accomplishments to Date

  •  Annually teach 2,000 students in the classroom, at camps, and on field trips about the importance of water quality protection within the Canandaigua Lake watershed

  • Developed a watershed-focused enrichment curriculum that aligns with NY State Science Standards in six grade levels, Pre-K through Middle School– topics include:

➢ Geography of our watershed
➢ Non point source pollution
➢ Water conservation and the water cycle

➢ Land uses and pollution solutions
➢ Macroinvertebrates as bioindicators
➢ Chemical testing for water quality assessment

  • Stream monitoring programs have been established at Naples Creek with Naples 7th grade science students and Flint Creek with Marcus Whitman’s 6th grade ECO students

  • Created the “Watershed Week” in Naples and Marcus Whitman Elementary schools for all 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders to participate in watershed-focused programs

  • Developed field trips and classroom-based labs for Canandaigua 6th grade science students to learn about water quality through using aquatic insects as bioindicators

  • Awarded funding from the highly competitive Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Grant to support an ongoing storm drain marking project. To date, nearly 500 custom designed storm drains have been marked within the Canandaigua Lake watershed boundary

  • Created and led community outreach programs for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Center for Sustainability, STEM Science Camp at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills and Ganondagan State Historic Site

  • Provide parents and families educational materials about water quality protection, storm water management, non point source pollution, erosion prevention and nutrient management


The Watershed Education Program is constantly evolving to adapt and respond to the changing needs of our local schools. As always, the goal of the Watershed Education Program is to provide the best educational experience for students to learn about the importance of protecting water quality in the Canandaigua Lake watershed.

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