Seneca Lake Plan -- Overview

Partners on the Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan:

  • City of Geneva
  • Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
  • Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • The Finger Lakes Institute
  • Hobart and William Smith College

The Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan encompasses seven stages that the Partners and Advisory Committee will work together to completed:

  • Outreach and Education: The Seneca Lake Plan will strive to reach the entire watershed community.  Public meetings, educational opportunities and resources will all be posted right here on our website.  Public meetings and events will be held on an ongoing basis, throughout the Seneca Lake Plan process. 
  • Watershed Characterization and Subwatershed Evaluation:  Hobart and William Smith College will prepare a written characterization of the Seneca Lake Watershed.  This characterization will describe the physical, biological and ecological conditions of lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, riparian areas and upland portions of the watershed.  The Advisory Committee, stakeholders and the Partners will work together to identify existing information about the subwatershed.  The evaluation will help to identify potential threats to water quality and habitat.
  • Intermunicipal Coordination: The Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan will work to bring the entire watershed community together.  Together 40 municipalities within the watershed will work to protect Seneca Lake.  An MOU for an Intermunicipal Organizatoin that includes representation from all of the municipalities.
  • Assessment of Local Laws: A full assessment of local laws, programs and practices that affect water quality will be completed.  Resulting in the identification of specific amendments to local laws and needed changes to municipal practices and programs to better protect and restore the watershed and its resources.  
  • Current Management Practices and Steps for Implementation: Specific practices , approaches and strategies to better protect and resore the water quality and watershed functions will be compiled.  These recommendations will be easy to follow and easy to implement, resulting in cleaner water, stable habitat and a better quality of life. An implementation strategy will be produced.  This strategy will identify specific projects and actions that will protect and improve the Seneca Lake Watershed.


This webpage was prepared for the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Titale 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

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