Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Season Has Arrived

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Season Has Arrived

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Regarding health symptoms that may be associated with HABs, reporting of HAB-related illness is voluntary. New York State DOH and DEC collect information on HABs and HAB-associated illness to help prevent further illnesses and improve understanding of how HABs affect human health, animal health and the environment. If you are experiencing health symptoms that may be associated with exposure to a harmful algal bloom (HAB), the first priority is to seek medical attention for your symptoms. If the illness is potentially HAB-related, you can also report your symptoms to your local health department or NYSDOH (harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov). In any case, the links below will help answer many of your questions. You can and should inform yourself about harmful algal blooms and learn how to protect yourself from them, how to report…
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CLA Annual Meeting Scheduled for Monday June 11

CLA Annual Meeting Scheduled for Monday June 11

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You're cordially invited to attend the annual meeting of the Chautauqua Lake Association which is to be held on Monday, June 11, at the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution. There will be a public workshop series from 4-6:00 pm followed by an informal Q&A and social hour at 7:00 pm. Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 pm. The business meeting will be conducted during dinner. Given the controversy that permeates the community regarding the utilization of herbicides, we expect that a portion o the meeting agenda will include this topic. Reservations needed for dinner however guests are invited to stay for the meeting if they like. Seating will be provided. Guest speakers and topics for the workshop include: 4-4:30 pm Bill and Linda Seleen Chautauqua Lake Wildlife Community Birding…
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An Introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Species

An Introduction to Chautauqua Lake’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Species

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[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…
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CLA helps prepare boat docking slip in Jamestown

CLA helps prepare boat docking slip in Jamestown

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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.
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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…
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