State Bid Request Reinforces Use of ‘Johnson’ Plant Analysis Method

State Bid Request Reinforces Use of ‘Johnson’ Plant Analysis Method

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently issued bid invitations for a three-year, state project that requires that an aquatic plant-surveying method used for almost two decades to assess Chautauqua Lake is utilized for the state project. This bid process reinforces the scientific value and relevance of the so-called Johnson method of testing plant density and variety. The method is named for Robert Johnson, who started his work for the Chautauqua Lake Association in 2002 in his role as Cornell Ponds Manager. He has since retired from Cornell and is now a principal with Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists of Ithaca, NY. “Robert Johnson has performed aquatic plant species and density monitoring services for the CLA since 2002,” said Chautauqua Lake Association Board of Directors President Paul O. Stage. “His…
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Local Support Is Key For District

Local Support Is Key For District

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Before the end of this year, the Chautauqua County Legislature is due to receive a recommendation from its Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The recommendation will be whether to create a Chautauqua Lake Management District. If creation of a district is recommended, additional organizational and funding recommendations will also be offered. For many years, the Chautauqua Lake Association Board of Directors has endorsed the concept of forming a Lake District. The board reaffirmed that conceptual support this past summer. Recognizing that the agency’s recommendations have yet to unfold, the board reserved comment on the on-going agency work until such time as the recommendations are disclosed and can be fairly evaluated. During discussion of the topic, the lake association board noted that a successful Lake District requires on-going community involvement.…
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HABs Confirmed on Chautauqua Lake

HABs Confirmed on Chautauqua Lake

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Several samples from Chautauqua Lake were recently sent to the NYSDEC for testing by the Chautauqua Lake Association to determine if harmful algal blooms (HABs) were present in the water. This week, several positive test results were confirmed and posted to NYHABS, an online database for HAB activity throughout the state. The CLA and other lake officials have expressed concern over the results and where they appear more prominent. “It appears that the significant HAB activity is in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake,” said Doug Conroe, executive director for the CLA. “Unfortunately, this early onset is a result of concentrated herbicide use in the affected areas,” said Conroe. Aquatic vegetation in fresh bodies of water help absorb and eliminate nutrients that cause HABs to form. When that plant life…
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Harmful Algal Blooms Identified, County Health Officials Urge Caution

Harmful Algal Blooms Identified, County Health Officials Urge Caution

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Localized Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) have been observed in the south basin of Chautauqua Lake and near Long Point State Park. As such, Lakewood Beach and Long Point State Park Beach are closed. The Public Health Division of the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) urges all residents and visitors to be cautious when recreating in our lakes, especially if HABs are present. HABs are created when blue-green algae release toxins which can be harmful to human and animal health. HAB conditions can change rapidly. Use caution when entering the water where an active bloom is present. Do not ingest the water. Closely watch children and pets. If exposed to algae, wash off immediately. Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are naturally present in lakes. Nutrient rich…
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NYS Awards $100,000 to CLA

NYS Awards $100,000 to CLA

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New York State awarded the Chautauqua Lake Association $100,000 to thwart new invasive plant species through the Watercraft Steward Program of boat-launch inspections. The program allows the CLA to provide watercraft stewards on boat launches on Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga Lake and Lake Erie. In 2018, the CLA’s watercraft stewards interacted with 10,326 boaters, inspecting 5,685 boats of all sizes, shapes and propulsion methods. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the grant last Friday. The money is part of $2.8 million in projects statewide designed to reduce the negative impacts of invasive species through control or removal activities, research, and spread prevention. “New York State is leading the way in invasive species management, to ensure our environment remains sustainable, healthy and strong,” Cuomo said. “Through joint efforts by our state, community and…
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