Recent Storm Clean Up

Recent Storm Clean Up

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The CLA's summer operations began on June 3rd. Due to the recent storms we were forced to stop our typical harvesting and begin storm clean up. We have removed over 150 tons of large logs, trees and brush debris from Chautauqua Lake so far. This debris is potentially dangerous to boaters and has become our first priority. We have issued urgent warnings for lake users to be cautious and aware. The CLA encourages stream bank reinforcement projects to prevent dangerous debris situations like we faced this season. Today we are finishing up the last of the storm clean up and starting our lake maintenance. Algae is always present in Chautauqua Lake and is necessary for a healthy aquatic life cycle. Blooms in several areas of the lake are present due…
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EVENT: New York BASS Chapter Federation Bass Tournament – June 16

EVENT: New York BASS Chapter Federation Bass Tournament – June 16

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A letter from the Vice President of the New York BASS Chapter Federation: On Sunday June 16th, the New York BASS Chapter Federation will hold a bass fishing tournament at Long Point State Park. While fishing tournaments are not new to the lake or the park, NYBCF brings a total package program to our events. Included in this event is a conservation project which we have be developing over the past six years. When we operate a tournament, we have what we call a Ramp Monkeys program. At tournament registration on Saturday afternoon, we make the fishermen aware of what invasive plants are present and provide them a one page handout. On Sunday before the boats return, our Ramp Monkeys show up. At Chautauqua, they will be from the Southern…
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2013 Summer Events

2013 Summer Events

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The Chautauqua Lake Association, like most nonprofits, is always looking for new ways to engage the community and raise much needed funds for maintenance of Chautauqua Lake. Aside from their annual Fund Drive, the CLA has several events lined up for the summer of 2013 to engage residents and tourists visiting the area. “We’ve got a great summer event schedule lined up,” said Doug Conroe, President of the CLA. “We like to give people a more interactive, hands-on opportunity to help out and donate to the organization. With the help of our supporters, we have a few different options available to get involved,” he said. The second annual Paddle for Chautauqua Lake will be held on July 27 at Long Point State Park. The event features kayaking and canoeing from…
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EVENT: NYS Federation of Lake Associations Conference on May 3 & 4

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

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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

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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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