EVENT: NYS Federation of Lake Associations Conference on May 3 & 4

EVENT: NYS Federation of Lake Associations Conference on May 3 & 4

News & Events
Doug Conroe, President of the CLA, and Jane Conroe, Conservationist with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, attended the annual NYS Federation of Lake Associations Conference on May 3 & 4 at the White Eagle Conference Center near Hamilton, NY. Jane is the CLA’s water sampling collector for the joint NYSDEC-NYSFOLA CSLAP (Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program). Doug took some time to inspect a conveyor that is similar to one utilized by the CLA to off-load seaweed from the harvesters into a truck. Doug also got to spend some time with Paul Lord, former Cornell Ponds Chautauqua Lake Researcher and current SUNY Oneonta Environmental Program Mussel Research Program Instructor. Sessions attended included several sessions on invasive plant species management, coping with Harmful Algal Blooms, the newly issued Chautauqua Lake TMDL for Phosphorus and septic systems management. Interaction…
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2013 CLA Fund Drive

2013 CLA Fund Drive

News & Events
Greetings! Chautauqua Lake maintenance will always be a necessity. The great news is that we have a Chautauqua Lake Association in place that can meet Chautauqua Lake’s plant control needs. With your support and the support of others, CLA crews can be launched and significant results can be achieved in 2013. No other entity exists locally to do what the CLA does. Our fleet is matched by no other thanks to local foundations that have provided the procurement funding. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating with a volunteer board, volunteer labor components and a low cost overhead. We have learned from our research that outsourcing our lake maintenance services would cost about 5 times our current operating budget. That is approximately a $2 Million Annual Savings to the community!…
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EVENT: iMapInvasives Spring Training Sessions – May 31, 2013

EVENT: iMapInvasives Spring Training Sessions – May 31, 2013

News & Events, Science & Testing
The NY Natural Heritage Program is offering training to use the NYS invasive species database, iMapInvasives, throughout the state this spring (including a training for the Western NY PRISM in Buffalo). iMapInvasives is the online mapping system used to track invasive species threatening New YorkState’s natural resources. All interested groups, including natural resource managers, citizen scientists, and educators, are encouraged to help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and management efforts. Training is required to enter data, and the NY Natural Heritage Program will be offering free sessions throughout the state this spring. In addition to data entry training, an introduction to a decision-making tool for invasive plant management will also be offered. Visit www.NYimapinvasives.org for schedule details and registration, and contact imapinvasives@nynhp.org with general questions.
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First Niagara Bank Foundation Makes $5,000 Donation to Chautauqua Lake Association

First Niagara Bank Foundation Makes $5,000 Donation to Chautauqua Lake Association

News & Events
Phil Persons, Branch Manager Vice President, from the Fairmount Avenue branch of First Niagara Bank made a $5,000 donation to the Chautauqua Lake Association in support of their 2013 lake maintenance efforts. “The Chautauqua Lake Association is most appreciative of First Niagara Bank’s Foundation support this year,” CLA President Douglas Conroe said.  “The support of local businesses and foundations, our members and our public partners, Chautauqua County and New York State, and Lake Municipalities enable us to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users.” The CLA has been part of the Chautauqua County community for more than sixty years and promotes and facilitates the ongoing scientific study of Chautauqua Lake and its surrounding ecosystem. They provide lake maintenance services including: harvesting, shoreline…
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Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick Winner Announced

Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick Winner Announced

News & Events
The Chautauqua Lake Association announced today that their Ice Pick has fallen through the ice in Bemus Bay and a winner has been announced for predicting when it would fall. The Ice Pick is a fundraising event for the organization to promote ongoing maintenance and studies on Chautauqua Lake. The Ice Pick was placed on the solid ice of Chautauqua Lake in early February of this year. The Ice Pick fell at 3:45 PM on April 9, 2013. “The area was monitored throughout the evening by committee members and removed from the lake the following morning for safety reasons,” said Doug Conroe, President of the Chautauqua Lake Association. The Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick contest is based on a successful Alaskan tradition. The Alaskan tradition started as people awaited for the…
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