Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (CWIO) was formed in 1998 to undertake a state-funded watershed restoration and protection planning process that produced a Watershed Characterization in 2000, and a Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan (RPP) in 2001 which was updated in 2017. In addition, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released the Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan for Cayuga Lake in 2018 By detailing the state of the watershed and threats to water quality, these documents recommend actions to preserve and protect the watershed, define the purpose of the CWIO, and help members gain access to certain funding sources.


Our Mission and Purpose

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (CWIO)‘s mission is to bring local governments in the Cayuga Lake watershed together to work collectively and collaboratively with partner agencies and organizations to monitor, protect, and restore water quality throughout the watershed in the face of a changing world.

The 57 municipalities within the Cayuga Lake watershed recognize the enormous and irreplaceable ecological, economic and social value of Cayuga Lake, its tributaries, and its wetlands. The Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (CWIO) brings Cayuga Lake watershed municipalities together to work collectively and collaboratively on monitoring, protecting, and restoring the health of the watershed.

CWIO provides information and guidance to all municipalities regardless of membership status. Member municipalities have voting privileges and will help guide the future of clean water protection for our communities, creeks, and lake. They also have the support of CWIO’s Watershed Manager in finding and securing funding for water projects.  See MEMBERS and HOW TO JOIN.



  • Request to NYS to increase speed of land transfer of lands held by land trusts – Governor and Attorney General 4/24/24
  • Letter regarding Watershed Rules and Regulations 2/28/24
  • Resolution  supporting PFA grant application 1/24/24



  • Roxanna Johnston (Schuyler County), CWIO Chair
  • Ann Balloni (Cayuga County), CWIO Vice Chair

Committee Members (Organizational Document PDF)

Executive Committee: Conducts business on behalf of the membership of the CWIO between CWIO meetings and keeps the CWIO membership informed of important matters as needed. The CWIO membership often delegates specific work and actions to the Executive Committee.

Finance Committee: Recommends the amount of annual dues to be paid by CWIO members and responds to requests from the Executive Committee regarding CWIO finances.

Membership and Nominating Committee: Helps to build membership; tracks member and associate representation; considers and recommends liaisons; identifies a slate of officers for the CWIO.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC): Recommends watershed priorities, evaluates project applications, and makes recommendations to the CWIO on requests for funding among other tasks. Members of the TAC are not required to be members of CWIO and the committee can expand depending on the topic to ensure technical expertise.

Education, Public Participation, and Outreach Committee (EPPOC): Works with CWIO staff or contracts with other watershed entities to fulfill RPP outreach and education goals and action.


Agriculture Committee: This committee advises both CWIO and the Executive Committee on topics connected to agriculture as it relates to water quality protection within the watershed.

State Outreach Committee: This committee is tasked to improve communication between CWIO and State elected representatives and also the staff of state agencies on topics relating to water quality preservation and protection within the Cayuga Lake watershed. See the committee’s charge and the CWIO recommendations

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