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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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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