Young, Goodell Secure $50,000 Grant to Help Clean Chautauqua Lake

Young, Goodell Secure $50,000 Grant to Help Clean Chautauqua Lake

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Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) announced they have secured another $50,000 state grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake. The funding doubles the $50,000 the lawmakers obtained in the state budget that was passed in March, totaling $100,000 for this fiscal year that will be used by the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) to harvest invasive weeds. "This situation has reached a high point of urgency, and Assemblyman Goodell and were able to convince Albany of the immediate and dire need. You can't have part of the CLA's weed harvesting fleet sitting idle and areas not being tackled. Our goal is to get operations humming again to have maximum impact against the weeds this year, while looking at the future and long term management of aquatic…
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Chautauqua Lake Association Details Financial Challenges at 2012 Annual Meeting

Chautauqua Lake Association Details Financial Challenges at 2012 Annual Meeting

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The Chautauqua Lake Association’s financial challenges were presented in detail by board members at their Annual Dinner Meeting on Monday June 25th at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. The CLA serves the community by being the “steward” of Chautauqua Lake with weed harvesting, shoreline clean-up, scientific monitoring, public education and debris removal. The group has recently been dealing with serious financial shortfalls in a year where lake conditions are considerably less than ideal for lake home owners and tourists. Although $50,000 was restored to the CLA through state grants supported by State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell and $60,000 being funded by the county, the Association is still only able to utilize half of its fleet and employ a third of its staff. “It’s been a trying…
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County Health Department Urges Lake Users To Be Cautious

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MAYVILLE, NY - The mild winter and higher than normal temperatures has made summer bloom early throughout the region, unfortunately this includes an early bloom of nuisance aquatic weeds and algae in our lakes. The Chautauqua County Health Department urges all residents to be cautious when recreating in our area lakes, especially if weeds or algae are present. Weeds can restrict swimmer's movements that can be dangerous, especially for beginner swimmers and children. Blue-green algal blooms can be a problem because they can release a toxin, which at high levels is harmful to human and animal health if ingested. Blue-green algae is actually a type of cyanobacteria that can forms thick mats on the water surface resembling paint, and can range in color from gray to various shades of yellow,…
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Chautauqua Lake Association Grateful to Senator Young for Allocation for Lake Cleanup Efforts

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Members of the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) were happy and grateful to hear of Senator Catharine Young's (R,C,I-Olean) announcement last week that she has secured $50,000 in the 2012-13 state budget for Chautauqua Lake cleanup efforts. The grant will be allocated to the CLA for weed control under the invasive species program. "This grant will bring us back to our 2008 funding level from New York State, which is most gratifying in terms of state support," CLA President Chris Yates said. "Senator Young worked incredibly hard to get this restored and we've been blessed by the support of a variety of parties who have a long, lasting interest in Chautauqua Lake. This was wonderful news." CLA Vice President Doug Conroe concurred and said, "No other entity does maintenance on the…
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Cummins Inc, Jamestown Engine Plant Employees Recognized for Lake Clean-Up

Cummins Inc, Jamestown Engine Plant Employees Recognized for Lake Clean-Up

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Facing challenging summer conditions and significant government funding cuts, the Chautauqua Lake Association was able to harvest over 3,700 tons of nuisance weeds from Chautauqua Lake in 2011. The success of the lake shoreline clean-up was due in large measure to Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) employees who volunteered 4-hour shifts to clean-up shoreline weed concentration for transport by CLA barges and trucks to area composting locations. More than 900 hours of employee volunteer time supplemented two CLA shoreline crews responsible for 44 miles of Chautauqua Lake shoreline. A combination of company and neighborhood volunteer efforts, $15,000 in Cummins grant funding, ($7,500 from the Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant and $7,500 from the Cummins Foundation under their environmental sustainability program) supported CLA truck, barge, and harvester operations. CLA General Manager Paul…
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