An initiative of the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI), the long term vision of the Genesee RiverWatch is a Genesee River Basin whose water quality is fully restored, whose rivers and streams are accessible and celebrated, whose beaches are open for swimming and in which economic development both benefits from and contributes to the water quality of our region.
Genesee RiverWatch Mission
Develop and participate in Regional Partnerships that strengthen their ability to prioritize and execute basin-wide solutions. Since 2014, the annual Genesee River Basin Summits have convened stakeholders on important basin topics helping to define and prioritize objectives.
Promote Public Involvement in the Watershed through improved canoe/kayak access points on the river. Its Genesee River Institute and Aquatic Educators Network are working to educate and involve citizens – young and old. The annual Genesee River Bash invites the public to learn about and celebrate the river.
CEI was founded in 1974 by Elizabeth Thorndike as the Center for Environmental Information.
Its original mission was to act as a clearinghouse for environmental information and a convener of experts as an enabler to solve serious problems such as Acid Rain Deposition. Over the decades, the organization’s mission evolved and, since 2000, CEI has undertaken focused initiatives to improve water quality in the Lake Ontario Basin, achieve wise use of energy, promote green business, reduce the use of toxic materials and improve air quality.
CEI continues to work with citizens, organizations, institutions, government and businesses to achieve its goals through:
- Education: Outreach to a wide range of stakeholders, increasing understanding and appreciation of the issues.
- Collaboration: Establish partnerships with appropriate stakeholders to define problems and develop solutions.
- Informed Action: Implement initiatives and projects supported by our partners and aimed at achieving our goals.
Its Current Work
Monitor Water Quality through a Citizen Water Quality Monitoring program. They are committed to informing the public of the state of the river through an annual Genesee River Report Card.
Design, obtain funding for, and execute Streambank Restoration Projects that preserve critical farmland and reduce river-borne sediment.
Encourage Technology-Based Solutions by monitoring, identifying and promoting technologies that make clean water economically viable.
Leverage the strength of basin-wide partnerships to increase Funding Prospects for Genesee River Basin projects to the benefit of all citizens.
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