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In 2017, Genesee RiverWatch – an initiative of the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) will recognize individuals, organizations and projects that have made significant contributions to the Genesee RiverWatch Mission of “improving the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities and connecting people to the river, and encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.” 

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Event Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

 2017 Sponsor Opportunities


Genesee RiverWatch is seeking sponsors for its two major 2017 events: the 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit and the Genesee River Bash, our 43rd annual celebration and fundraiser.  You decide your level of support and your organization will be recognized in both event programs and all promotional materials as shown in the table below.

Sponsor Levels

Genesee River Basin

$2,000 & Over

Main Stem






Sponsorship Benefits:
   Bash Tickets Included 6 4 2 1
   CEI Membership - Value: $25 (Individual), $100 (Business)
   Recognition in Quarterly Newsletters – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition in Programs and at the Events – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition on Web Site – Grouped by sponsorship level
   Recognition in Event Emails – Grouped by sponsorship level

The sooner we receive your 2017 sponsorship commitment, the sooner your name and logo will appear in Genesee RiverWatch publications and the more often they will be seen by the community of people and groups interested in the Genesee River.


Free exhibition space at both events

Exhibitors who are also sponsors will receive complementary Bash tickets as indicated in the table above.

Exhibitors who are not also sponsors are asked to buy a Bash ticket to cover the cost of their dinner.

2017 Genesee River Basin Summit:

  • 12-15 spaces
  • 1-2 tables each
  • Power available

2017 Genesee River Bash:

  • 5,400 ft2 exhibit hall
  • Tables & power available
  • Room for up to 18’ W x 10’ D x 15’ H exhibit booths

Event Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities


Event Descriptions

2017 Genesee River Basin Summit:

  • Summits are open to the public and focus on working with stakeholder groups to develop ideas to improve water quality and initiatives that connect people to the River. 
  • The 2017 Summit will highlight “River Access & Recreational Opportunities”, targeting groups that provide and/or make use of the Genesee’s recreational opportunities and are interested in improving public access and water quality.
  • For reference, 2016’s Summit concentrated on “Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment”.  120 attendees from corporate, government, educational and non-profit organizations learned about the geology of the basin, the economic and water quality impacts of high sediment levels and possible solutions to these problems.  The group endorsed development of a “whole basin” erosion control strategy – a charter that is shaping Genesee RiverWatch’s work this year.

2017 Genesee River Bash

  • The Bash is open to the public and is our annual celebration of the Genesee River.  Attendees will tour the exhibits, enjoy an evening of dining and dancing and join in honoring recipients of the annual Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards.
  • 2017 will introduce a number of significant changes designed to increase attendance and participant enjoyment:
    • The Bash is moved from Thursday to Saturday, while keeping it a premier event on the City of Rochester’s River Romance Weekend schedule.
    • Ticket prices will be reduced to $30 (est.) from $50, making attendance more affordable for couples and families.   (Children under 12 continue to be free.)
    • Dancing will be a featured part of the program.
    • The program is extended to 10:00 PM allowing attendees to make this a full evening of entertainment.

Sign Up Procedure & Questions

  • To become a sponsor, complete either the Downloadable or Online Form.
    Note: please view the downloadable form even if completing the online form as it contains additional information.

  • To become an exhibitor at either event, call the Genesee RiverWatch office (585-233-6086) or email George Thomas  to outline your plans and discuss how we can maximize the impact of your exhibit.
  • If you have any questions, call the Genesee RiverWatch office (585-233-6086) or email George Thomas.

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River Access and Recreational Opportunities

June 15th, 2017  - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus


Genesee RiverWatch is hosting its 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017 in the Louise Slaughter Building on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus.  The topic is "River Access and Recreational Opportunities." The Summit is open to the public. Please join us!  


The Summit is relevant to anyone interested in the recreational appeal of the Genesee. This includes direct users such as boaters, fishermen, hikers, bikers, and birders. It will also be useful to those interested in improving the economic and social appeal of our river assets such as business owners, government officials, farmers, elected representatives, economic development professionals, engineers, educators, media, and conservation groups.

Expert speakers will provide a comprehensive summary of the Genesee Basin’s existing river access and recreational opportunities. Economic development and government officials will describe the importance of these resources to economic opportunities and quality of life along the entire river from Pennsylvania to the Rochester Harbor. Attendees will hear examples of work being done on other rivers and plans in the works along the Genesee. Finally, in keeping with past Summits, participants will be asked to contribute their opinions and suggestions for future work.

This event is part of the Genesee RiverWatch initiative whose mission is “To champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.”

The inaugural Genesee River Basin Summit in 2014 launched the Genesee RiverWatch initiative and focused on gathering ideas for priority projects in critical portions of the Genesee watershed. The 2015 Summit sought stakeholder input in the design of an annual “Genesee River Basin Report Card”, scheduled for release in 2017. Last year’s Summit focused on “Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment” with strategies to preserve valuable farmland and reduce levels of sediment and harmful nutrients in our waters.

Download our Agenda updated June 14th

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210
Registration required: Click here to Register

Prefer to pay by check? Use our downloadable, fillable registration form

Parking permit required. Download a parking permit to put on your dash
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Fee: $15 includes breakfast, breaks and lunch.

Includes: Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break.

2017 Sponsors:

Main Stem ($1,000 or more level):

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Letchworth ($500 level): 


Tributary ($250 level):

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