2017 CLA Boat Stewards Needed

2017 CLA Boat Stewards Needed

News & Events
The CLA is recruiting approximately 9 Boat Steward Positions within multiple regions across Chautauqua County (locations include Chautauqua Lake, Bear Lake, Cassadaga Lake, and Lake Erie). Boat Stewards work at public boat launches where they inspect boats for aquatic invasive species as part of an early detection/rapid response effort. Stewards also educate boaters and visitors about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and how the general public can help slow the spread of AIS. Stewards may also be asked to participate in invasive species removal projects and educational events. Weekend work is required. Position will be approximately 32 hours per week for 12 weeks. The Chautauqua Lake Association Boat Steward Program is a state funded public education program whose goal is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) via voluntary…
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CLA begins shoreline demonstration project

CLA begins shoreline demonstration project

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The Chautauqua Lake Association recently launched its new Automated Near-Shoreline Maintenance Machine which will be a major component in the organization’s planned shoreline maintenance demonstration project and floating vegetation collection program. The machine is a new, non-chemical tool to be used in Chautauqua Lake cleanup efforts. Last fall the lake association staff converted a decommissioned harvester into a mechanized barge that efficiently and safely receives, stores, and transfers accumulated floating vegetation. Intense boating activity over the recent Memorial Day Weekend resulted in large amounts of floating vegetation being cut and loosened to float on the lake’s surface which then accumulate along the lake shoreline. The machine is both collecting the floating vegetation and receiving materials that are manually raked to it. “Previously, raked materials had to be manually loaded and…
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CLA Annual Meeting set for June 5

News & Events
The Chautauqua Lake Association has announced their Annual Meeting will take place on June 5 at the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution. New this year will be a public workshop series followed by a Q&A session, social hour, and dinner. The public is welcome and invited to attend any or all of the Annual Meeting day events. “Our workshop series features a flexible schedule to allow guests to attend whatever program interests them the most,” said Doug Conroe, Executive Director for the CLA. “Though the workshops are free, the dinner is a ticketed event. Interested community members can call our office to make reservations,” said Conroe. Topics for the workshop are as follows: 4:00-4:30 PM – Sue O’Reilly, Science and Data Manager for Adirondak Watershed Institute, will speak on New…
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Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

News & Events, Science & Testing, Uncategorized
[caption id="attachment_1267" align="alignright" width="250"] Click here to read the Chautauqua Lake Association's Lake Quality and Plant Management Grid[/caption] Recent activity by property owners in Bemus Bay to pursue receiving herbicide permits for the treatment of submerged aquatic vegetation in Bemus Bay has caused the CLA to receive inquiries as to its position regarding the use of herbicides. The use of herbicide is not new to the lake association.  The CLA implemented a large number of herbicide programs in the past.  The CLA has stayed current with herbicide technology through its participation in NYS Federation of Lakes Association conferences, its regular contacts with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officials and its involvement with Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists. The products that are being proposed for use in Chautauqua Lake have been utilized in Chautauqua…
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Chautauqua Cleanup Celebrates PA River of the Year

Chautauqua Cleanup Celebrates PA River of the Year

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The Conewango Creek Watershed Association, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District announce plans for the Third Chautauqua Lake Cleanup. The Annual Cleanup will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 with registration at 8 am. Preregistration is required for the event.  Participants should be on the water or going to their on-land sites by 9 am and the event will end by 3 pm.  Participants are asked to meet at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association at 9 Chadakoin Street, Celoron, NY.  This event is part of the 2017 PA River of the Year celebration for the Allegheny River, as the Allegheny is a receiving water for Chautauqua Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Volunteers can work on-land or on-water.  Volunteers are required to sign a waiver,…
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