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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CLA Crews Enjoy Summerwind Cruise

CLA Crews Enjoy Summerwind Cruise

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Chautauqua Lake Association crews were able to give their pitchforks a rest during a sunset Summer Wind Cruise donated by Captain Rick Willman. “I have the most respect for what the Chautauqua Lake Association does for our community and I just wanted to show my appreciation,” Willman said.  CLA crews enjoyed an evening of food, music and fun with generous donations from area merchants. CLA General Manager Paul Swanson expressed his appreciation for the crew’s hard work over the summer. “This is for you, for all the hard work you have done this summer, working extra hours and helping us serve the community under a late notice.  The lake is in great shape now and we are still out on the lake every day.” CLA President Chris Yates also expressed…
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County Health Department Urges Lake Users To Be Cautious

County Health Department Urges Lake Users To Be Cautious

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The mild winter and higher than normal temperatures has made summer bloom earlythroughout the region, unfortunately this includes an early bloom of nuisance aquatic weeds and algae in ourlakes. The Chautauqua County Health Department urges all residents to be cautious when recreating in our arealakes, especially if weeds or algae are present. Weeds can restrict swimmer's movements that can bedangerous, especially for beginner swimmers and children. Blue-green algal blooms can be a problem because they can release a toxin, which at high levels is harmful to human and animal health if ingested. Blue-green algae is actually a type of cyanobacteria that can forms thick mats on the water surface resemblingpaint, and can range in color from gray to various shades of yellow, green, blue or brown. This is a problemthroughout…
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