Chautauqua Lake Association to Host NYSDEC / ARMY CORPS Innovative HAB Mitigation Demonstration Project

Chautauqua Lake Association to Host NYSDEC / ARMY CORPS Innovative HAB Mitigation Demonstration Project

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LAKEWOOD, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is collaborating with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to implement a demonstration project that will remove algae from Chautauqua Lake.  Chautauqua Lake is burdened with excess algae which then results in the presence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). It is anticipated that the project will result in having the availability of an additional tool for mitigating the presence HABs.  The firm AECOM has been contracted to manage the demonstration project. AECOM has also been piloting similar demonstration projects at Lake Agawam in New York and at sites in Florida. AECOM has selected the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) facility in Lakewood to serve as the host site for the demonstration project. The facility is situated on…
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UNDERSTANDING ALGAL BLOOMS

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CLA Collaborates with Organizations in Support of Healthy Aquatic Environment  Lakewood, NY — A healthy lake is a happy lake. The CLA has been collaborating with multiple organizations throughout the years to provide a natural response to unwanted vegetation, in-lake maintenance, and the removal and clearing of shoreline debris which clogs navigation. The CLA has also become deeply involved with studying, cataloging, and monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). In addition, the CLA informs the public and appropriate government agencies about the presence of algal blooms. Algal blooms are a rapid increase in the population of algae in an aquatic system. Algae is always present in bodies of water, such as Chautauqua Lake, but only a few types can produce toxins. Toxin production can be stimulated by environmental factors such as…
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HERBICIDE POSTING 2019

HERBICIDE POSTING 2019

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We are posting this as normal for general information and also because we have become aware that many people who should have received it have not received it. The notice is a general notice. The Towns that are implementing the program will be responsible for posting specific notices once the actual details are known. The state’s permit indicates areas that may be treated and the notice was written accordingly. Actual site inspections that occur on the day of treatment will determine whether or not the treatment happens at each site. Readers should therefore not interpret the provided maps to be definitive of treatment areas. The day of treatment may actually be one of several days as it is not expected that the work can be accomplished in a single day.…
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Letter of Notification: DEC Permit for Application of Aquatic Pesticides in Chautauqua Lake

Letter of Notification: DEC Permit for Application of Aquatic Pesticides in Chautauqua Lake

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[caption id="attachment_1408" align="alignright" width="232"] Click this image to view the full permit application..[/caption] According to a March 14 Letter of Notification received on March 19 from the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, lakeside property owners wanting to object to the use of herbicides this May in front of their property need to so notify NYSDEC by April 4, 2018. Failure to notify will be construed by NYSDEC as consenting to the use of herbicides. The proper person to notify is specified on Page 3 of the Notification. Page 1 of the Notification advises the reader that any treatment will be dependent upon the Town of Ellery endorsing the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the several involved municipalities subsequently passing resolutions to proceed. Public comments on that draft document were accepted by…
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Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

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This page provides information and advice for people who are not able to connect their homes to a public water supply or to a drilled well for their drinking water and are using a surface water source such as a lake, river, stream or spring for their household water. It is important to understand the risk of illness associated with using surface water that could contain harmful blue-green algae and their toxins, as well as bacteria, parasites and viruses. About Harmful Blue-green Algae and Health Effects Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been occurring in surface waters throughout New York State. Contact with water with blue-green algae and their toxins can cause health effects. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.…
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