Conesus Lake program recognized nationally

Livingston County News File Photograph The Town of Livonia’s Watershed Education Center opened in 2018 in Vitale Park on the shore of Conesus Lake.

WASHINGTON – The Conesus Lake Watershed Education Center Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The association recognized the Conesus Lake program under the Community and Economic Development category.

Located in Vitale Park at the north end of Conesus Lake, the Watershed Education Center is housed inside a 2,300-square-foot building owned by the Town of Livonia. The center serves as an educational hub providing free public programming dedicated to water quality protection, watershed stewardship, and best management practices. Since officially opening its doors in 2018, the WEC has held 46 presentations and engaged 1,980 participants.

Essential to the center’s success is the partnership that provides the energy, support and numerous planning hours to bring its well-rounded educational program to life. The partnership is embodied in the Watershed Education Center Outreach Committee, which is made up of the Conesus Lake Association, Livingston County Planning Department, Livingston County Department of Health, Conesus Lake Watershed Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County, the towns of Livonia, Conesus, Geneseo and Groveland, and the Chip Holt Nature Center. It is the shared objective of the Outreach Committee to provide high quality educational programming each year to a growing number of participants.

“The town proudly supports the Watershed Education Center Program,” said Livonia Town Supervisor Eric Gott. “We are pleased to be able to make the community space available to the Watershed Education Center Outreach Committee and the Conesus Lake Association for this important effort to engage residents and visitors in active conversations on lake management and the importance of our water resources.”

“The Center represents an on-going collaborative effort focused on the mission of educating the public about best practices for protecting the water quality of the lake,” added Angela Ellis, deputy Livingston County Administrator. “We are proud that the Watershed Education Center provides impactful environmental programming that can benefit everyone.”

Upcoming programs include:

■ July 21: Marine Patrol activities, including sonar.

■ Aug. 25: Tree safety.

■ Sept. 22: “The Health of Conesus Lake - CSLAP.”

■ October and November: To be determined.

■ Dec. 1: SUNY Brockport students present project updates.

The lectures and programs are free and are presented either online or at the Watershed Education Center. For updates on the 2021 program schedule, visit To register, call (585) 346-6864.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

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