Finger Lakes’ Protection Coalition Raises Awareness for Watershed Health


Lake Friendly Living Coalition of FLX offers 4th Annual Lake Friendly Living Awareness Month in May

The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Lake Friendly Living Awareness Month, which focuses on empowering communities to take action to preserve and protect our greatest natural resource, the Finger Lakes. Get involved in one of the many IMPACT DAYS throughout the Finger Lakes during the month of May and beyond.

With the common mission to protect water quality, this collaborative effort throughout the Finger Lakes seeks to educate and engage watershed residents, local governments, and businesses to adopt practices that will help protect and preserve our lakes for sustainable water quality, recreational use, and tourism.

The month of May features a lineup of in-person workshops and events designed to engage the community about ways we can all help protect water quality right in our own backyards. Highlight activities include workshops on native plantings and rain garden design, installing pollinator gardens, DIY rain barrel making, canoe paddles, invasive species prevention, and more! This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and be part of the good we can all do for our lakes.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer another great month of engaging, hands-on activities that will encourage the community to become part of the solution towards preserving lake health, fostering a sense of stewardship for our watersheds, and ultimately ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come," said Jake Welch, President of the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance.


Find a workshop or event near you! Lineup of workshops and events in May and beyond:

Canandaigua Lake: Canandaigua Watershed Forum
When: May 8th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Hotel Canandaigua, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, New York 14424

Skaneateles Lake: Monitoring for Aquatic Invasive Species
When: May 9th, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: SLA Offices, St. James Parish Hall, 96 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152
Registration Required

Seneca Lake: Native Plants for Lake Friendly Living
When: May 14, 2024, 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Geneva Lakefront Park, Geneva, NY 14456

Canandaigua Lake: DIY Rain Barrel Workshop
When: May 23, 2024, 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Woods, 6021 New York Highway 21, Naples, New York 14512
Registration Required

Honeoye Lake: Exploring Our Watershed: Paddle, Learn, and Protect
When: May 23, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Muller Field Station, 6455 Co Rd 36, Honeoye NY 14471

Owasco Lake: Fillmore Nature Preserve Pollinator Wildflower Garden
When: May 25, 2024, 8 am-1 p.m.
Location: Fillmore Nature Preserve, Sempronius and Summerhill, NY (GPS Location: 42°41'57.3"N 76°20'15.6"W [42.699251, -76.337667])

Seneca Lake: Native Plants for Rain Gardens
When: May 28, 2024, 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Geneva Public Library, 244 Main St, Geneva, NY 14456

Otisco Lake: Plan to identify and treat Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
When: Meetings held May Mondays, 7 p.m. at Otisco Lake Community Center
Location: Otisco Lake Watershed

Cayuga Lake: The Plantsmen Nursery Tour: Native Species for Healthy Watersheds
When: June 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m.
Location: The Plantsmen Nursery, 482 Peruville Rd. (Route 34B) Groton, NY 13073

All sessions are open to the public and may require pre-registration.


A calendar of events and speakers can be found by visiting

Residents and businesses are also encouraged to show their support by Taking the Pledge to incorporate lake friendly living practices into home and/or business activities. They can also serve as Lake Friendly Living advocates by posting yard signs provided by the associations. Visit for more information.


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