Governor Cuomo Announces $2.8 Million In Grant Awards To Combat Spread Of Invasive Species

Governor Cuomo Announces $2.8 Million In Grant Awards To Combat Spread Of Invasive Species

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $2.8 million in grants have been awarded to 42 projects that will reduce the negative impacts of invasive species through control or removal activities, research, and spread prevention. These grants are part of the State Department of Environmental Conservation's Invasive Species Grant Program and are funded by the State's Environmental Protection Fund. "New York State is leading the way in invasive species management to ensure our environment remains sustainable, healthy and strong," Governor Cuomo said. "Through joint efforts by our state, community and organizational partners, we are developing new programs and initiatives to combat the threat of invasive species that could damage New York's waterways, agricultural crops, and invaluable forest lands." "As someone who lives along the shore of Lake Erie, I…
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“What Are These Weeds?” A Series at RTPI

“What Are These Weeds?” A Series at RTPI

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Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been negatively impacting the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake. Surprisingly, some of the most prevalent invasives have been with us for decades already, while a steady stream of nearby or newly arriving species poses additional challenges to the future health of the lake. Like so many lakes in our region, Chautauqua Lake faces its share of invasive species challenges. To the dismay of many boaters, fishermen and landowners, at times these “weeds” form thick mats and create a tangled mess along the shores and…
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CLA outlines summer program, board votes to be aggressive in the north

CLA outlines summer program, board votes to be aggressive in the north

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The Chautauqua Lake Association board of directors voted unanimously [May 29] to concentrate this summer’s harvesting operation in the North Basin above Long Point due to funding limitations and the herbicide treatment in the South Basin. Funding shortfalls from New York State and local municipalities means that the CLA can only hire 27 workers instead of 42 as in 2018. The CLA’s operating budget for 2019 is $640,000, down from $730,000 last summer. New York contributed $150,000 last year, but nothing for 2019. The villages of Bemus Point and Celoron, and the towns of Chautauqua and Ellery, also contributed nothing this summer. The CLA is contracted to receive the budgeted $90,000 from Chautauqua County via the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, and that amount is included in the CLA…
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Chautauqua Lake Conference June 15, 2019

Chautauqua Lake Conference June 15, 2019

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Six Chautauqua County organizations who prioritize lake and watershed conservation are collaborating to convene the first of what they hope will be an annual conference focusing on topics important to the future of Chautauqua Lake. The 2019 Chautauqua Lake Conference will be held Saturday, June 15 at Chautauqua Institution. This day-long event is offered as an educational and networking resource for those interested in the status and future of Chautauqua Lake. “Our speakers, presenters and exhibitors all bring expertise and experience specifically related to Chautauqua Lake and more broadly related to lake ecology, policy, education and conservation,” said conference chair Ted First. “Our goal is to bring a diverse group of people together who care about and depend upon Chautauqua Lake and who wish to network with others who share…
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CLFA donates $5,000 to the CLA

CLFA donates $5,000 to the CLA

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Last month the Chautauqua Lake Association graciously accepted a $5,000 donation from the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. The CLFA is an annual supporter of the CLA’s mission to keep the lake healthy and clean. To date, the CLFA has donated over $60,000 toward lake maintenance. Mark Damon (left) from the CLFA presents Executive Director Doug Conroe and CLA board president Paul Stage with a donation to the Chautauqua Lake Association. Money donated by the CLFA goes towards annual lake maintenance and clean-up efforts.
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