Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

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This page provides information and advice for people who are not able to connect their homes to a public water supply or to a drilled well for their drinking water and are using a surface water source such as a lake, river, stream or spring for their household water. It is important to understand the risk of illness associated with using surface water that could contain harmful blue-green algae and their toxins, as well as bacteria, parasites and viruses. About Harmful Blue-green Algae and Health Effects Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been occurring in surface waters throughout New York State. Contact with water with blue-green algae and their toxins can cause health effects. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.…
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Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association Makes Donation to CLA

Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association Makes Donation to CLA

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The CLA is pleased to once again announce its gracious acceptance of a $7,000 donation from the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. “We are pleased to again be able to support the CLA. Their essential work keeps Chautauqua Lake flourishing. Their constant efforts support the economy and our mission to better Chautauqua Lake, said Mark Damon, Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association President. “ The Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association has been a devoted supporter of the CLA for over 10 years. They have donated over $50,000 to the Chautauqua Lake Association for annual lake maintenance. The CLA is honored to have such a supportive ally. “The Fishing Association is as enthusiastic about keeping the lake healthy and maintained as is the lake association itself. CLA Executive Director, Doug Conroe, stated. I am extremely…
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Important Notice Regarding Herbicides in Chautauqua Lake

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Although the Chautauqua Lake Association is NOT involved in the program that is applying the herbicides Aquathol-K (Endothal) and Navigate (2,4-D) into Bemus Bay, this informational release is being issued since inquiries have been received at the CLA by persons having questions about the products used and lake use restrictions that are involved. The action is being undertaken in accord with permit(s) issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation under supervision of its Buffalo, New York, Office. (716) 851-7000. The permit holders are the Town of Ellery (716) 386-7876 and the Village of Bemus Point (716) 386-4398 on behalf of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. Solitude Lake Management (908) 850-0303 is performing the work and related study. Treatment commenced TODAY, June 26, and of this writing was expected to be…
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2017 CLA Boat Stewards Needed

2017 CLA Boat Stewards Needed

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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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