CLA Annual Meeting set for June 5

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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 York State Watercraft Stewardship Programs
  • 4:45-5:15 PM – Jennifer Russo, SUNY Fredonia Researcher, will speak on algae blooms on Chautauqua Lake and buoy monitoring findings and results.
  • 5:30-6:00 PM – Jonathan Townsend, Lands Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, will speak on the importance of Chautauqua Lake’s natural resources.

The original objectives of the CLA were to study and research lake conditions and carry out all possible measures in the fields of weed control, pollution and pest control, dredging and pile removal, soil conservation, and lake safety. Although those objectives remain in place today, the current focus of the organization is to perform environmentally sound plant control practices, undertake scientific monitoring and relevant research, service the shoreline in promotion of maintaining healthy conditions and promote educational efforts to enhance public understanding of lake association methods and lake needs. The CLA has sponsored lake improvement projects, has performed lake maintenance services, and has facilitated on-going scientific monitoring and research since 1954.