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.
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.