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Welcome to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 1990 to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua, NY, region.
CWC pursues its mission through land conservation, environmental education and watershed stewardship. We currently own and manage more than 1,100 acres of land and 31 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.