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Lake Alliance Looking To Leverage Money

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on October 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Jimmy McCarthy (j[email protected]) , Post-Journal

October 4, 2014

Armed with its new status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance is aiming to go after state and federal money to implement future projects. The alliance brought together towns and villages, the Chautauqua Lake Association, the Soil and Water District, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, foundations and nonprofit organizations with one goal in mind- improve the hea...

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Formation of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dave McCoy, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, 8-19-2014

This summer, the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission (CLMC) begins a methodical process of transitioning from a volunteer group into a new not-for-profit organization that will be known as the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance (Alliance). The sun-setting of the CLMC and the establishment of the Alliance draws increased attention to the many efforts currently underway to improve the health of Chautau...

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Dredging could be dead in the water for town of Hanover

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By NICOLE GUGINO - OBSERVER Assistant News Editor , Observer Today


HANOVER - Thousands of dollars could be down the drain and boating tourism could be in jeopardy for the town of Hanover if something does not change soon. Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo had bad news for the town board at its recent meeting when it came to the pending dredging project at Cattaraugus Creek. "What a nightmare this is starting to be," he said.

He said he recently had to send the dep...

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Barcelona dredging finally set

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on July 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By JASMINE WILLIS - OBSERVER Staff Writer , Observer Today


WESTFIELD - It has been more than a decade since Barcelona Harbor has been dredged, but perseverance is finally paying off.

Rep. Tom Reed spent Monday night in Chautauqua County as he made his way from harbor to harbor seeing federal, state, county and town money well invested. Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Town Supervisor Martha Bills, Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, and Chautauqua County Watershed ...

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Mass search to be conducted this Saturday for water chestnuts in Chautauqua Lake

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on July 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards and Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers announced today that several water chestnut sightings have been reported in small private ponds in the Towns of Carroll, Kiantone, and Poland, as well as Chautauqua Lake near Bemus Creek, Burtis Bay, and the mouth of the outlet.

"I ask that all private pond owners, lakeshore residents and visitors throughout Chautauqua County take a few minutes to inspect the ...

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Law To Reduce Lake Runoff

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on May 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

May 29, 2013, By Dave O'Connor ([email protected]) , Westfield Republican

CHAUTAUQUA - Reducing the runoff of phosphates into Chautauqua Lake is the expected result of town of Chautauqua Local Law No. 1 unanimously adopted by the town board following a public hearing earlier this month. Titled, "Stormwater (sic) Management, Erosion and Sediment Control Management in the Town of Chautauqua," the proposed law drew no public comment during the hearing held before the board voted.

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Millions Needed To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on November 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

November 4, 2012, By Dennis Phillips ([email protected] , The Post-Journal

Who will foot the bill for changes to wastewater treatment facilities to lessen the amount of phosphorus going into Chautauqua Lake? The answer: Sewer district customers, unless federal or state funding can be obtained.


Funding help is one reason why county officials are writing letters to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Once the DEC and the federal Environmental ...

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CLA Clean Up Activities 2012

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on October 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

October 13, 2012, The Post-Journal

An estimated 7,792 tons or 15,584,000 pounds of nuisance plant material was removed from Chautauqua Lake this summer by crews employed by the Chautauqua Lake Association.

"This is a tremendous feat and our crews and volunteers should be commended for an outstanding job this summer," said Chris Yates, Chautauqua Lake Association president. "Thanks to the public's response in the fund drive we were able to meet a county mandate to raise $20,000 in...

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Blue-Green Algae Remains A Concern

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on October 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

October 3, 2012, The Post-Journal

The Chautauqua County Health Department is reminding county residents to be cautious of continued blue-green algae in area waters.

The algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams. They usually are present in low numbers but blue-green algae can become very abundant in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water that receives a lot of sunlight. When this occurs, they can form blo...

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County Receives Erosion Grant

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

August 21, 2012, The Post-Journal

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District $898,281 to implement agricultural best management practices in the French Creek and Chautauqua Lake watersheds. Of the money, $598,310 will be used to control sediment and nutrients from entering the Chautauqua Lake watershed from agricultural practices.

"Since 2006, the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District has been successful in ...

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Lake Management Commission Hopes To Start Conversation

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

August 19, 2012, By Eric Tichy ([email protected]) , The Post-Journal 

MAYVILLE - The mission of the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission is evolving. Not by chance, but out of necessity.

The seven-year-old advisory group to the County Legislature has studied and identified two major factors affecting the lake: Nuisance weeds and algae blooms. And for years the commission has identified a solution: Develop a watershed management plan that reduces inflow of nutrients a...

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Glacial Bulldozer Leaves Lakes Behind

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By Jeff Tome, August 19, 2012, [email protected] , The Post-Journal

Imagine a wall of ice plowing like a bulldozer across the county. Everything in its path would be ground up and pushed away. There would be nothing but ice and cold. No trees. No plants. Chautauqua County was covered with ice during the last ice age around 10,000 years ago. Over a mile of ice - 5,000 feet of it! - covered most of the county. The thick ice ground away everything in its path, from mountains to...

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Best Management Practices for Public Officials

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District

The Chautauqua Lake Management Commission along with the Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board have joined forces to present this opportunity for highway officials, contractors, site developers, public officials and all other interested parties to learn best management practices for erosion and sediment control, stormwater management and much more.

The event will be held on Monday, August 27 from 9 AM ...

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Discussion Examines Destructive Lake Activity

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

August 10, 2012, By Remington Whitcomb ([email protected]) , The Post-Journal

BEMUS POINT - Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Although current residents of Chautauqua Lake are not solely responsible for the lake's ecological health, if they continue to perpetuate the actions of past generations or become apathetic, the biological health of the lake will continue to deteriorate.

Those were the thoughts of Jane Conroe, conservationist from the ...

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Information Being Collected For Lake Vegetation Plan

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

August 8, 2012, By Dennis Phillips ([email protected]) , The Post-Journal

ASHVILLE - A plan to control aquatic vegetation in several different sections of Chautauqua Lake is under way. On Tuesday, an estimated 35 people attended a public meeting at the Ashville Fire Hall to discuss the Chautauqua Lake submerged aquatic vegetation management plan. About a year ago, officials from the county and various Chautauqua Lake organizations started the process of producing the plan. Ced...

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Chautauqua Lake: Troubled waters

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

August 4, 2012 by The Chautauquan Daily, Joanna Hamer | Staff Writer

Every other weekend, at an hour when most Chautauquans are eating breakfast or attending worship services, two boats set out onto Chautauqua Lake. In the northern basin, Jane Conroe steers her motorboat away from shore. In the southern basin, Jeff Moore winds down the winch for his small rowboat and sets a course for the center of the lake.

Moore has with him a box of equipment — bottles, a thermometer, a c...

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Plant not found locally in Lake Erie

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

August 2, 2012, By DIANE R. CHODAN , The OBSERVER

Despite fears late last week, the plants thought to be water chestnuts in Dunkirk harbor have been identified as floating leaf pond weed, a non-invasive species. County Executive Greg Edwards said, "Once we received information, we were able to move aggressively. The next day, Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers physically traveled to Dunkirk. We had on-point professional expertise. Chautauqua County is the only county in New York state to...

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Residents help in eliminating invasive aquatic species

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

August 1, 2012, By REMINGTON WHITCOMB - Special to the OBSERVER , The OBSERVER

Despite being Tuesday at 8 a.m. when most people are either getting ready for or already at work, over 100 people gathered at the Stow Ferry to help do their part in eradicating the Water Chestnut from Chautauqua Lake. "I had no doubt that the people of Chautauqua County, and I mean the people who live here as well as the people who spend their summers here, were concerned about this issue," said Greg Edward...

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Dredging Feasibility Study Discussed

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on August 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

July 31, 2012, By Remington Whitcomb ([email protected]) , The Post-Journal

ASHVILLE - Representatives from EcoLogic LLC, a company that offers environmental consulting in aquatic and terrestrial ecology and wetland analysis, think dredging could help to reduce the amount of sediment in Chautauqua Lake. Thirty-five people showed up to the BOCES in Ashville on Monday to participate in a public information session regarding the feasibility of dredging Chautauqua Lake. Reducing s...

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New invasive aquatic plant species confirmed in Chautauqua Lake

Posted by nixontourchautauqua on July 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

July 24, 2012, The OBSERVER

LAKEWOOD - Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards announced today that a new invasive aquatic plant commonly called water chestnut (Trapa natans L.) has been discovered in Chautauqua Lake.

This past weekend, two specimens were collected by EcoLogic LLC, the consultants contracted to complete the dredging feasibility project for Chautauqua Lake. After careful review, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers confirmed and identified these ...

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