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

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

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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

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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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CLA Officials Participate in State/Local Water Events

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This past week, the CLA participated in two different water events worth noting. The first was the WNY Water Environment Association’s 31st Annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference. As a part of the CLA President's professional duties, Doug Conroe presented on behalf of Chautauqua Institution about the Institution’s program of Storm Water Abatement Utilizing Green Technology. The presentation outlined the Institution’s Drainage Management Plan and also its Draft Sustainable Shoreline Action Plan. Features were explained including designed wetlands, rain gardens, shoreline modification and runoff processing. While at the conference, Doug also attended a session about the success story of the Onondaga Lake phosphorus reduction TMDL which gives us encouragement of having success with Chautauqua Lake’s new phosphorus reduction TMDL posted here. The next day, a Conservationist from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Doug attended the Experts Input Session of the…
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EVENT: Septic Systems Homeowner Education Workshops

EVENT: Septic Systems Homeowner Education Workshops

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Hewes BOCES Center (Building A) Rt. 394, Ashville, NY 14710 Attention Waterfront Property Owners: Is your septic system contributing to weed and algal growth? The answer is YES if your home is located close to a lake or stream and your septic system is not designed properly or not being maintained! It may even affect your health and the health of your family or neighbors if your septic system is too close to your or your neighbor’s water well. Learn about proper system design and maintenance, along with how new County Health Department Regulations may impact you, by attending two workshops. Refreshments will be served. For Workshop Poster, Click Here. For Workshop Agenda, Click Here. For Workshop Details, Click Here. Brought…
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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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