Our Priorities

Priorities of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network


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


“It takes a Network to protect a watershed.”


The Network offers two free community conferences for the public annually on water issues of concern at the north and south ends of the lake; publishes four newsletters each year; maintains this website; reaches over 600 via our listserv; cooperates with other groups in shared events for the public, and educates/advocates for the protection of Cayuga Lake, its creeks, land and communities.

Program Goals

Monitor the impacts of climate change on the watershed and lead the effort to engage the community and organize mitigation efforts.

  • Establish CLWN as the leading organization that raises awareness about the impacts of climate change to the watershed.
  • Investigate and report on the potential impacts to the watershed related to climate change and advocate for actions to address them.

Educate youth and adults on detrimental impacts to water quality and encourage implementation of best management practices.

  • Watershed Stewardship: Empower private landowners, recreational users, and visitors to take action and make informed decisions about care of the lake and watershed.
  • Nutrient Pollution: Investigate the role of the Network in increasing agricultural best management practices.

Serve as a leader and connector to help community members, conservation partners, businesses, and local governments work collaboratively to understand best management practices, address and prioritize threats, and pursue joint projects to improve the health of the lake and watershed.

    • Regularly convene stakeholders and provide opportunities for improving collaboration and communication.
    • Encourage implementation of the Cayuga Lake Restoration and Protection Plan across the jurisdictions within the watershed.
    • Identify opportunities to collaborate with regional higher education institutions.

For complete text of the Network strategic plan adopted in 2020, click here.