CLA Annual Meeting set for June 5

News & Events
The Chautauqua Lake Association has announced their Annual Meeting will take place on June 5 at the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution. New this year will be a public workshop series followed by a Q&A session, social hour, and dinner. The public is welcome and invited to attend any or all of the Annual Meeting day events. “Our workshop series features a flexible schedule to allow guests to attend whatever program interests them the most,” said Doug Conroe, Executive Director for the CLA. “Though the workshops are free, the dinner is a ticketed event. Interested community members can call our office to make reservations,” said Conroe. Topics for the workshop are as follows: 4:00-4:30 PM – Sue O’Reilly, Science and Data Manager for Adirondak Watershed Institute, will speak on New…
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Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

News & Events, Science & Testing, Uncategorized
[caption id="attachment_1267" align="alignright" width="250"] Click here to read the Chautauqua Lake Association's Lake Quality and Plant Management Grid[/caption] Recent activity by property owners in Bemus Bay to pursue receiving herbicide permits for the treatment of submerged aquatic vegetation in Bemus Bay has caused the CLA to receive inquiries as to its position regarding the use of herbicides. The use of herbicide is not new to the lake association.  The CLA implemented a large number of herbicide programs in the past.  The CLA has stayed current with herbicide technology through its participation in NYS Federation of Lakes Association conferences, its regular contacts with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officials and its involvement with Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists. The products that are being proposed for use in Chautauqua Lake have been utilized in Chautauqua…
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Chautauqua Cleanup Celebrates PA River of the Year

Chautauqua Cleanup Celebrates PA River of the Year

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The Conewango Creek Watershed Association, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District announce plans for the Third Chautauqua Lake Cleanup. The Annual Cleanup will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 with registration at 8 am. Preregistration is required for the event.  Participants should be on the water or going to their on-land sites by 9 am and the event will end by 3 pm.  Participants are asked to meet at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association at 9 Chadakoin Street, Celoron, NY.  This event is part of the 2017 PA River of the Year celebration for the Allegheny River, as the Allegheny is a receiving water for Chautauqua Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Volunteers can work on-land or on-water.  Volunteers are required to sign a waiver,…
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2016 CLA Boat Steward Program Recap

2016 CLA Boat Steward Program Recap

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The Chautauqua Lake Association has announced that their voluntary boat steward program has been a success for the 2016 summer season.  Over 3,500 boats were logged and their captains and crews informed about the importance of inspecting their vessels. The grant-funded boat steward program helps with the prevention of aquatic invasive species both from entering Chautauqua Lake and being introduced to other nearby water bodies. The CLA was one of 24 projects awarded funding through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the new Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program in 2016.  The CLA has joined with towns and villages around Chautauqua Lake in partnership to address the need to curb the spread of AIS not just locally but across the state. The CLA boat stewards were present…
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CLA Celebrates Successful Summer Season, Looks Ahead to Challenges in 2017

CLA Celebrates Successful Summer Season, Looks Ahead to Challenges in 2017

News & Events
As the Chautauqua Lake Association harvesting season comes to an end, the organization has reported 2016 as a resounding success. Over 13 million pounds of aquatic vegetation was removed from Chautauqua Lake this summer. That total is over 3 million pounds more than the total for both 2015 and 2014 seasons combined. “We did our best to meet the urgent needs of lake residents as we discovered new weed patterns and problem areas in 2016. Every year is different. We typically find similarities that allow us to jump right in to the annual routine to manage the aquatic vegetation efficiently. This year was very different,” said Don Emhardt, operations manager for the CLA. The CLA found very few weeds in the lower basin while the middle and upper lake was…
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