Protecting Our Water in an Era of Rapid Change

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network identifies key threats
to Cayuga Lake and its watershed and it advocates for solutions
that support a healthy environment and
vibrant, sustainable communities.

Current Programs

At any given time, The Network has a rich mix of exciting programs directed at protecting and improving the watershed and its water resources. Four current projects are highlighted below.  

Embrace the Lake

Volunteers throughout the watershed are making a difference by participating in cleanups of the shoreline, trubutaries and surrounding areas. For more information, click here.

Volunteers cleaning stream banks.

Invasive Species

Plant and animal species not native to the watershed pose threats to the lake ecosystem and the many uses of its water. You can help by serving as a Hydrilla Hunter or HAB Harrier.

Sketch of invasive plant Hydrilla

Water Quality Monitoring

Volunteers are monitoring stream and lake water quality to strengthen understanding of concerns such as algal blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth. Efforts are coordinated by our new Water Resources Committee.  

Volunteers taking water quality sample


We believe fundamentally “It takes a network to protect a watershed” and collaborate with public and private organizations throughout the watershed. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to become involved. Watch our Events Calendar for details. 

People attending a public meeting about the watershed

Current News

Ithaca Water Forum

October 17, 2019 Ithaca Water Forum 6:00-8:30 pm Space@Greenstar, 700 W. Buffalo St. Ithaca. Forum organized by Environmental Advocates of New York. League of Women Voters, Tompkins and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network co-sponsoring.

Wizarding Weekend, October 26-27, downtown Ithaca

The Network will have an otherworldly presence at this magic-themed Halloween event. Look for our tent, Aqua Magicae, with the Golden Eggs. Bring kids and grandkids to cast spells protecting our lake and waters! Free, donations welcome. More information here:...

Fall Community Conference, November 2, 9:30-1:00 pm

Located at the Ithaca Unitarian Society, 2nd floor of the Annex at the corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets. Relevant and informative topics related to the health and wellness of Cayuga Lake. Free to the public with refreshments. Agenda 9:30 am: Gather, refreshments,...

Giving Tuesday, December 3 for 24 hours

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Clebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus ont here holiday and end-of-year giving. It...

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