An Introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Species

An Introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Species

News & Events
[caption id="attachment_1418" align="alignright" width="225"] Click to download event flyer.[/caption] There are many aquatic plants living in Chautauqua Lake; Some of these are beneficial native species, while others are introduced species which can have negative repercussions on recreational, environmental, and economic aspects of the lake. A series of free public programs are being offered to help people learn how to differentiate between plant types and learn what we as individuals and as a community can do to prevent the spread of invasive species in Chautauqua Lake. Early identification of target species, combined with quick, focused actions, can prevent an outbreak from becoming unmanageable. These free programs focus on public education and the future development of an effective Early Detection Volunteer Taskforce. By providing easy-to-use educational materials and offering both basic informational…
Read More
CLA helps prepare boat docking slip in Jamestown

CLA helps prepare boat docking slip in Jamestown

News & Events
The Chautauqua Lake Association recently assisted the Jamestown Riverwalk Commission in final preparation of the boat docking slip for spring and summer use at McCrea Point Park. Major work was performed on the slip last fall by Chautauqua County and the City of Jamestown and the CLA performed the final stage of work that required their specialized work barge. This action initiated the organization’s 2018 program to serve and maintain Chautauqua Lake. The CLA has also begun lake-wide hazardous debris removal from the lake. Last fall’s storms resulted in numerous trees being deposited into the lake from nearby tributaries. The organization is working to remove these and other forms of debris before summer.
Read More
Letter of Notification: DEC Permit for Application of Aquatic Pesticides in Chautauqua Lake

Letter of Notification: DEC Permit for Application of Aquatic Pesticides in Chautauqua Lake

News & Events, Science & Testing
[caption id="attachment_1408" align="alignright" width="232"] Click this image to view the full permit application..[/caption] According to a March 14 Letter of Notification received on March 19 from the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, lakeside property owners wanting to object to the use of herbicides this May in front of their property need to so notify NYSDEC by April 4, 2018. Failure to notify will be construed by NYSDEC as consenting to the use of herbicides. The proper person to notify is specified on Page 3 of the Notification. Page 1 of the Notification advises the reader that any treatment will be dependent upon the Town of Ellery endorsing the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the several involved municipalities subsequently passing resolutions to proceed. Public comments on that draft document were accepted by…
Read More
CLA Ice Pick 2018 Begins

CLA Ice Pick 2018 Begins

News & Events
It has been a cold winter with chilling winds and record snowfall across the region. The waters of Chautauqua Lake have frozen with 13-inch ice reported in some areas allowing the annual Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick (CLIP) competition to begin. Proceeds collected from the CLIP competition help the CLA funding annual lake maintenance including the removal of nuisance aquatic vegetation. The competition is ongoing through early spring. “Due to unseasonal temperatures, we were not able to place the ice pick on the lake in 2017. We’re excited to be able to resume this annual fundraiser again in 2018,” said Doug Conroe, executive director for the CLA. “The tripod has fallen through the ice during March or April the last few years. It really is up in the air this year…
Read More

Comments On The Draft Scoping Document – DSEIS Chautauqua Lake Herbicide Treatment

News & Events
We offer these comments along with an expression of dissatisfaction with the amount of time made available by the Town for documents review. We were only able to give a cursory review of the materials as there were only ten (10) business days during the review period that our office was open for business due to weekends and holiday closings. We also express our dissatisfaction that the review process was not generally publicized in the media, beyond minimum requirements, so that all community members would be aware of the opportunity to comments. Click Here for Full CLA Response
Read More