Criticism and Responses Regarding Lake Management

Criticism and Responses Regarding Lake Management

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Overall, the lake is getting worse. The lake is actually improving. People's expectations are getting unrealistic, which gives a false image about the lake and what it should be. It's not, and should not be, a pristine 'swimming pool' or a weed-free lake. Removing all the weeds from the lake is the best course. Aquatic plants are critical for the lake's health, the abundant fishery and to help limit algal blooms. Plants also filter water, making it cleaner for drinking water supplies and for in-water recreational use. Get rid of all invasive weeds. The invasive plants (Eurasian water milfoil and curly leaf pondweed) have been in the lake for decades and are now an important part of the lake's ecology. They need to be controlled instead of being removed. Any…
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CLA Readies Spring Project in Burtis Bay thanks to grant

CLA Readies Spring Project in Burtis Bay thanks to grant

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The Chautauqua Lake Association plans to start its spring lake maintenance program as early as weather and budget permits focusing its initial aquatic plant accumulation clean-up in Burtis Bay, where wind-driven plants accumulated in September and October. The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance on Monday approved a $73,000 grant for the work. Funding is planned to come from an emergency action of the Chautauqua County Legislature along with special grants from two area foundations. The three had hoped some of the plant clean-up could be performed this month, but with CLA equipment winterized and sub-freezing temperatures arriving this week, the CLA decided that the work would take too long and be too dangerous for CLA personnel to perform in late November and early December. “The CLA and all lake…
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Watershed Alliance Rates CLA Highest, Suggests $162,050 Grant Award

Watershed Alliance Rates CLA Highest, Suggests $162,050 Grant Award

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The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance rated a funding request from the Chautauqua Lake Association highest of 12 approved last week and asked the Ralph C. Sheldon and Chautauqua Region Community foundations to fund the CLA at $162,050. The three evaluating groups grading the 12 approved requests included staff members of the alliance, its science committee and an outside third party, EcoLogic LLC, of Cazenovia, NY. The CLA and the alliance’s own request for $7,550 for the Chautauqua Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Early Detection Volunteer Taskforce each received the highest scores, at 74 percent. The CLA, with a projected 2019 budget of $1.07 million, sought $220,000 from the foundations via the alliance’s evaluation process for the CLA’s annual aquatic plant harvesting and lake maintenance programs. The $162,050 funding could…
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Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

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Boats, trailers, waders and other fishing and boating equipment can spread aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody unless properly cleaned, dried or disinfected after use. Although some invasive species such as water milfoil are readily visible to the human eye, many others are too small to be readily noticed. To avoid spreading invasive species please follow the guidelines in the following steps: CLICK HERE
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CLFA Donates $5,000 to the CLA

CLFA Donates $5,000 to the CLA

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The Chautauqua Lake Association graciously accepted a $5,000 donation recently from the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. The CLFA is an annual supporter of the CLA’s mission to keep the lake healthy and clean. “We are happy to be able to support the CLA again this year. Their work is essential to Chautauqua Lake. Their persistent efforts support the economy and our mission to better Chautauqua Lake,” said Mark Damon, CLFA President. To date, the CLFA has donated just shy of $60,000 toward lake maintenance. “Much like the CLA, the Fishing Association is passionate about keeping the lake healthy and well maintained for all lake users. I am extremely pleased that we can continue to work together with the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association for the good of Chautauqua Lake,” said CLA…
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