Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization


The Cayuga Lake Restoration & Protection Plans and the Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan for Cayuga Lake spell out actions that municipalities and others can take to protect and preserve the water quality throughout the watershed. One of CWIO’s goals is to assist in implementing projects identified in these plans but other plans as well. See more detail on the project submission page.  

PROJECTS prioritized FOR implementation

Through a NYS Local Waterfront Revitalization grant, CWIO brought representatives from state agencies, county governments, towns, and villages together to identify high-priority water quality improvement projects and ready them for implementation including funding requests if needed. Project ideas were developed by municipalities and other stakeholders and ranked and reviewed by an interdisciplinary team. See the results of this work in:

Submit a project idea.

surveys of water quality projects

CWIO conducted a Survey of Water Quality Projects in 2019.  The purpose of the project was 3-fold: to help rank projects from the Local Waterfront Revitalization Project grant, to share project ideas and information between watershed municipalities, and to provide information on how projects are being funded. Results for Counties as well as Towns.


In 2022 CWIO hired a full-time Watershed Manager for the first time since the early 2000’s, with funding from the Park Foundation. Working with the member municipalities of CWIO, the Watershed Manager will aid in the implementation of projects to preserve and protect the water quality of Cayuga Lake and its watershed. The primary work of the Watershed Manager is to coordinate water quality improvement projects between the many different stakeholder groups as spelled out in both the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plans.

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