CLA Programs

Lake Maintenance 

Widely known for our in-lake maintenance program, the Chautauqua Lake Association is responsible for seasonal harvesting of annual nuisance aquatic vegetation. We also provide safe waterways for lake users by removing debris and clearing clogged navigational lanes.  

In addition we offer a unique shoreline service that assists lakefront owners with the burden of cleaning their shorelines and we offer weed disposal services to businesses and homeowners as they clear their lakefront.

We have recently performed successful dredging projects on lake tributaries and are investigating other needed dredging work. In addition we are exploring the possibility of offering additional shoreline assistance programs for 2017 in response to the public concern about the need to increase shoreline maintenance. 


Scientific Monitoring & Prevention 

The CLA performs extensive scientific monitoring and provides invasive species spread prevention programs.  In 2016, we initiated the first multi-site watercraft steward program in Chautauqua County.

We contract annually with Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists for plant inventory and density analysis and monitoring in addition to other lake research needs.

We provide a Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring program along with a water quality monitoring program. Our information is shared with governmental agencies and many collaborating parties. It also assists us with our future lake maintenance planning.

Education & Outreach