USEPA’s accepts NYSDEC’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) proposal for lake regulation

USEPA’s accepts NYSDEC’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) proposal for lake regulation

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The US Clean Water Act (1972) requires states to assess their water bodies for impairments. If an impairment is found, a TMDL (Pemediation Plan) must be prepared to take specific actions to deal with the impairment to hopefully get the waterbody back to an acceptable water quality standard. An assessment was completed thanks to the CLA’s long term participation in the NYSDEC/NYSFOLA (Federation of Lake Associations) Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP). CLA’s volunteers implemented monitoring and financial support of the program made the monitoring feasible and produced the data necessary to analyze the water quality data. The CLA’s continued participation in the program will be a critical aspect of being able to determine if the TMDL actions are successful. We commonly recognize that the biggest problem facing lake water quality is nutrient loading. The…
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EVENT: Ice Pick event to return this winter

EVENT: Ice Pick event to return this winter

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There is a returning ice competition area residents will be able to enjoy soon, and it's not hockey. The Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick contest will be held again this year. Based on a successful Alaskan tradition, the Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick is a fundraiser where people predict exactly what time and date a tripod placed on the ice will fall into the lake this spring. The contest's inaugural year was 2011, when $8,000 was raised to benefit the Chautauqua Lake Association. However, in 2012, due to unseasonably warmer temperatures, the contest was canceled. Peter Sullivan, event organizer, said no exact date has been set for when the ice pick will be placed on Chautauqua Lake. However, he said it should be done by the end of January. ''I would say…
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CLA Highlights and Accomplishments for 2012

CLA Highlights and Accomplishments for 2012

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Due to the abundance of nuisance aquatic plant growth in 2012 the CLA was in desperate need to regain control in Chautauqua Lake. Thanks to generous member and foundation support and promised additional funding from county and state agencies, as a result of this extraordinary need to control the abundant Watermilfoil, Curly Leaf Pond Weed and the isolated occurrence of Water Chestnut in Chautauqua Lake, the CLA hired additional employees, launched additional equipment and worked overtime to manage this increasing infestation and to prevent new growth. Their efforts provided extraordinary results. No other entity, public or private, exists to perform the necessary in-lake maintenance Chautauqua Lake requires. “Though we are in transition right now, we understand the needs of the community and are setting goals to provide for those needs…
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Volunteers Make the Difference for CLA’s 2012 Season

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Volunteers from Cummins Engine and workers from the Joint State County CLA Welfare-to-Work Program worked for a combined total of 2,200 hours for the Chautauqua Lake Association this summer. “Workers from both programs were on our barge and shoreline crews. We would not have been able to provide the shoreline services expected from area residents without the help of these dedicated volunteers,” CLA Community Relations Manager Heather Nolan said. 187 Cummins Engine employees volunteered for a total of 748 hours of lake maintenance as part of the company’s community service work release program. “This is the second year we’ve had the privilege of engaging in this volunteer program with Cummins and as an organization could not be more thankful and appreciative of their efforts,” Nolan said. 23 workers were gained…
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Thanks to CLA, Lake is More Than 15 Million Pounds Lighter

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An estimated 7,792 tons or 15,584,000 pounds of nuisance plant material was removed from Chautauqua Lake this past summer by crews employed by the Chautauqua Lake Association. “This is a tremendous feat and our crews and volunteers should be commended for an outstanding job this summer,” CLA President Chris Yates said.  “Thanks to the public’s response in the fund drive we were able to meet a county mandate to raise $20,000 in order to obtain $80,000 in special county funding.  This allowed us to launch a much needed third crew mid-summer and to operate our other two crews for extended hours work days.” Yates added that volunteers from Cummins Engine and workers from the county’s Welfare-to-Work program also contributed to work efforts. “Our lake maintenance needs were met in 2012…
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