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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

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Discover our 30+ nature preserves and plan your next outdoor adventure!

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Learn what you can do in your own yard to improve water quality and wildlife habitat!

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Learn how to help conserve natural areas for a healthier Chautauqua region!


See what's on the calendar and join us at our upcoming events!

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Welcome to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a nationally accredited 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 1990 to preserve and enhance the quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of lands and waters of the Chautauqua (NY) region for our community.


Our organization pursues its mission through land conservation and restoration, environmental education, and watershed stewardship. We currently own and manage more than 35 nature preserves, all of which are open to the public for outdoor recreation and refreshment. We provide educational programs to raise the community’s awareness of the connection between land use and the quality and quantity of our water resources, our quality of life and the economic prosperity of our region. We also provide technical assistance to landowners, businesses and municipalities so that they can better understand and implement the best land, wildlife and water resource management practices for our region.

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