Fishing for Answers to the CLA’s Most Popular Questions

Fishing for Answers to the CLA’s Most Popular Questions

CLA staff and volunteers are on the hook with some evidence based responses to a few of our most commonly asked questions.  1. Is Eurasian Watermilfoil still a problem plant in Chautauqua Lake? Once considered an invasive nuisance plant, Eurasian Watermilfoil has become well established throughout the lake in non-nuisance conditions. It is generally no longer densely populated and has been brought under control by the weevil, moth, and caddisfly herbivore insects that feed upon it. It seldom grows to reach the surface like it did years ago.   — Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologist Report 2019 2. Can Eurasian Watermilfoil and…
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2022 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

2022 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

The Chautauqua Lake Association is currently accepting applications for its Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread Prevention Program.  The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) is seeking qualified individuals to work as Watercraft Stewards for a regional spread prevention program across Chautauqua County (locations include Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga Lake and Lake Erie). Stewards will gather data and inspect boats for aquatic invasive species as part of an early detection/rapid response spread prevention effort. Stewards also educate boaters and visitors about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and how the general public can help slow the spread of AIS. This is part of a statewide Clean,…
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The Final Report for the 2021 Lake Maintenance Program

The Final Report for the 2021 Lake Maintenance Program

In the 2021 season, CLA crews were actively in the water for 21 weeks and removed just under 7,000 tons of aquatic vegetation this summer. There were also three large debris clean-ups during those 21 weeks and 79 largetruckloads of woody debris was removed from Chautauqua Lake. The heat map above shows activity of all CLA crews. The greater the intensity, the more time CLA spent in that area. The line maps below show areas visited by CLA crews for harvesting and shoreline work throughout the 2021 season. 2021 SHORELINE MAP2021 HARVESTING MAP READ FULL REPORT
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Modern Day Adventurer Visits Chautauqua Lake on 22 Rivers Tour

Modern Day Adventurer Visits Chautauqua Lake on 22 Rivers Tour

Neal Moore, canoeist, recently passed through Warren, Chautauqua and Erie counties as part of his "Sea-To-Shining Sea" trek of America’s waterways.  His adventure started in February of 2020 in Astoria, Oregon, and concluded on December 14 in New York City. There he was joined by friends he met along the way for a grand paddle that circled the Statue of Liberty.  His trek: 22 rivers, 22 states, 7,500 miles by canoe – most by paddling, often portaging. On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, a celebratory reception was held at the Manhattan Kayak Company Clubhouse in New York City. The 22 Rivers…
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2021 Summer Lake Cleanup Totals

2021 Summer Lake Cleanup Totals

Chautauqua Lake Association Reports on Lake Maintenance Achievements and Challenges for the Summer 2021 Season Lakewood, NY —The Chautauqua Lake Association has removed an estimated 12.14 million pounds of vegetation and debris from Chautauqua Lake in 2021. Of that total, 2.34 million pounds was contributed by Town of Chautauqua’s mobi-trac skimmers.   Harvesting and shore cleanup will continue at a limited capacity through September as the fleet makes the return trip to the association’s Lakewood facility.  This year, the CLA’s lake cleanup initiative kicked off in May with debris cleanup followed by an early June Curly leaf pondweed harvesting operation.…
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