A watershed is an area of land where water from streams, springs, and wetlands all flow to a common larger body of water, such as Cayuga Lake. The Cayuga Lake Watershed Covers nearly 860 square miles, includes 44 municipalities, and is spread over 7 counties. Click on map to enlarge, or click here for a downloadable version.

Thanks to our friends at the Community Science Institute for this beautiful map.



Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration & Protection Plan

The 2017 goals of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan (RPP): To inspire, to prioritize actions and strategies, and to bring about legislative change vital to protecting and preserving Cayuga Lake and its watershed. By supporting this plan, the Intermunicipal Organization (IO), municipalities, farmers, residents, private and public partners, and watershed stakeholder nonprofit organizations can build a productive economy which sustains a healthy watershed.  

MAPs of the Cayuga Lake Watershed

A beautiful full color map of Cayuga Lake, all the creeks that drain to it, and several neighboring Finger Lakes. By Matt Yarrow of the Community Science Institute. And, a map of the watershed in its physical setting, with few words and no boundaries. By Karen Edelstein, geographer of Ludlowville!

Wetlands Maps Updated for Tompkins County

"Like sponges, wetlands soak up and store the stormwater from rainstorms and melting snow. This protects downstream lands from flooding, and recharges groundwater. Stormwater is released gradually, slowing water’s erosive power. Wetlands are often referred to as the kidneys of nature, because they trap and store sediment that carries pollutants. The unique soils and plant communities found in wetlands are filters, improving downstream water quality."