Through the Project Lake Ontario Watershed More Schools Initiative, the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. engaged more than 50 schools, 2,400 high school and middle school students, 50 adult volunteers and 10 community organizations in environmental education, restoration, and monitoring. The program focused on the tributaries to Onodaga and Oneida Lakes in the Lake Ontario watershed. Students collected biological, chemical and physical data following rigorous quality assurance protocols. The data collected was provided to organizations responsible for restoring Onondaga and Oneida Lakes in order to identify restoration needs and to evaluate restoration success. In addition, the Project Lake Ontario Watershed More Schools Initiative provided opportunities for students to engage in hands-on restoration activities to benefit the tributaries they monitor.
Central New York, primarily Onondaga and Madison Counties, with parts of Oneida, Cortland and Oswego Counties as well; Onondaga and Oneida Lake watersheds within the Lake Ontario watershed