Canandaigua Watershed Forum: Water Quality Education for the Community


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5:30-7:30 PM


Hotel Canandaigua
205 Lakeshore Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424


Register on the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association web site.


The Canandaigua Watershed Forum is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Canandaigua Lake’s health and water quality. Co-hosted by the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, the Finger Lakes Land Trust, and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, this event brings together regional experts in the field to share scientific insights.

The Watershed Forum will provide insights into the current state of Canandaigua Lake and the proactive measures required to protect this cherished natural resource. Distinguished experts in the field, including Dr. Lisa Cleckner from the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), Dr. Greg Boyer from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Anthony Prestigiacomo from the NYS DEC, and Andy Zepp from the Finger Lakes Land Trust, will deliver presentations on the water quality of Canandaigua Lake and ongoing conservation efforts.

The forum will include a panel discussion featuring Watershed Council Manager Kevin Olvany, allowing attendees to engage directly with experts, ask questions, and contribute to the conversation on lake conservation.

Tony Prestigiacomo
Title: “Insights on Cyanobacteria in Canandaigua Lake”
Tony Prestigiacomo, MS, is a Research Scientist 3 at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He supervises the Finger Lakes Watershed Hub, focusing on water quality issues and harmful algal blooms in Central and Western NY.

Gregory Boyer, Ph.D.
Title: “Algal Toxins and Water Quality”
Dr. Gregory Boyer is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at SUNY-ESF, specializing in marine and freshwater algae toxins. He directs the Great Lakes Research Consortium and collaborates with state/federal agencies on harmful algal bloom (HAB) issues.

Andrew Zepp
Title: “Conservation Efforts for Water Quality in the Finger Lakes”
Andrew Zepp is the President of Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT), overseeing conservation efforts in the region. He will discuss land conservation’s role in preserving water quality and restoring natural habitats.

Lisa B. Cleckner
Title: “Advancing Finger Lakes Water Quality Through Data”
Lisa B. Cleckner is the Director of the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her presentation will highlight FLI’s work on water quality data platforms, emphasizing the FAIR principles for community engagement.

Learn how education fuels action and how your participation can drive protection. Explore ongoing research efforts and citizen science initiatives by CLWA, and be empowered to make a difference!


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