CWC’s mission is to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua region.
CWC diligently pursues this mission so that the Chautauqua region will remain an attractive, healthy and enjoyable place for those who live in, work in and visit the Chautauqua region now and in the future.
CWC’s goals are to:
- Conserve and achieve healthy ecosystems county-wide to support native plant and animal species indigenous to the region,
- Conserve and achieve high water quality used for drinking water, food production / preparation, and recreation,
- Conserve the scenic beauty of the Chautauqua County region, and
- Build an awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of watershed land use and its impact on waterways and to use this awareness and understanding to promote best land management practices.
CWC strives to achieve its goals by:
- Conserving lands of the highest ecological, hydrological and scenic value on the natural lakeshore, along tributaries and in the watershed,
- Educating landowners, businesses, organizations, government officials and other residents on how to reduce and prevent pollution and run-off from entering the lake and other waterways,
- Educating landowners, businesses, organizations, government officials and other residents on how to reduce and prevent nutrient and sediment loading of the lake and other waterways,
- Providing technical assistance to landowners, service providers (such as landscapers), municipal officials, developers and contractors that will reduce and prevent water pollution and shoreline and stream bank erosion, and
- Providing the information, insight and tools to empower residents and visitors to be effective stewards of the region’s watersheds, waterways and other ecological resources.