In 1977, concerned citizens formed the Committee to Save Geneva Lake in response to the pollutants entering the lake. The citizens acted together because no other organization would use local, state, or federal laws when the need arose. After resolution of the initial crisis, the Committee became a permanent environmental advocate for the lake.
In 1982, the Committee realized that, in order to protect the lake, it also needed to protect the land surrounding the lake. The Committee then formed the Geneva Lake Land Conservancy and procured its first voluntary land protection agreement in 1985.