Work Plan: May 24 – 28, 2021

Work Plan: May 24 – 28, 2021

News, Work Plan
Pre-Season Curly Leaf Week #1 Plan Today we will have harvesters in the water beginning the 2021 summer season! Monday will be a training day for operators. Starting Tuesday we will have 4 harvesters working on the overgrowth of curly leaf, harvesting navigational paths. Two harvesters will be working out of the Lakewood shop and two harvesters will be working out of Long Point. No harvesting will be done at this time in areas that were treated with herbicide.  Please see the maps attached. The pink areas are treatment zones. We are still waiting for confirmation that those areas were in fact treated. Maps will be updated once confirmation is received.  The yellow areas are where we will concentrate our activities this week. Full crews are due to start June…
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Harvesters Hit the Water

Harvesters Hit the Water

Lake Maintenance, News
Pre-Season Work Continues as Harvesters Launched to Address Curly Leaf Pondweed (LAKEWOOD, NY) — Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director Doug Conroe reports that the CLA staff is launching four harvesters to address early growth curly leaf pondweed plant nuisance conditions.  Conroe commented that “We are thankful to the foundations that provided the funding which allows this pre-season work to move forward.  Although only present for a short amount of time the curly leaf pondweed can clog navigation channels. Our crews will be concentrating on keeping those channels open, especially at the south end of the lake and in the narrows that are between the bridge and the ferry.” Four harvesters and two transport vessels are being launched.  Two large capacity dump trucks are also being placed in service.
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CLA Collaborates on Outlet Cleanup

CLA Collaborates on Outlet Cleanup

Community Service, Lake Maintenance, News
CLA Assists with Trash Pickup from Chautauqua Lake to McCrea Point (LAKEWOOD, NY) — CLA Executive Director Douglas Conroe reports that on May 19 and 20, lake association staff removed trash that had accumulated in the outlet between Chautauqua Lake and McCrea Point.  Two barrels, multiple plastic items and a wide array of items including furniture and construction debris were collected.  Conroe commented that “We are glad that we could collaborate with the Conewango Creek Watershed Association and the Chautauqua-Conewango Consortium in this important community service project. The outlet offers such a great natural environmental setting. Its care is important to us.”  The CLA has collaborated in this effort in previous years although had to take a hiatus in 2020 due the COVID-19 situation.
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CLA Crew Begins Debris Pickup

CLA Crew Begins Debris Pickup

Lake Maintenance, News
Seven Large Truckloads Collected in First Week Lakewood, NY — CLA Executive Director Douglas Conroe reports that pre-season pickup of debris from Chautauqua Lake started last week. Crews worked both sides of the lake: in the southern basin to the I-86 bridge and north of the bridge along the eastern shore into Dewittville Bay.   Seven large truckloads of debris were retrieved along the Long Point, Lakewood, and Camp Chautauqua areas in the first week of collection. Conroe noted, “This annual clean-up serves a valuable function in readying the lake for Memorial Day’s anticipated high use by boaters.  We thank our Annual Fund Drive supporters for making this service possible.” Annually, the CLA provides safe waterways for lake users by removing and clearing clogged navigational lanes, as well as offering a…
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Local Volunteers Receive Award

Local Volunteers Receive Award

Award, News
Doug and Jane Conroe Honored By NYSFOLA for Outstanding Dedication to Chautauqua Lake Lakewood, NY — The husband-and-wife tandem of Jane and Doug Conroe have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Scott A. Kishbaugh Secchi Disk Award. This award honors a volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication to his or her lake association.  The New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) have honored these two longtime volunteers for their public service. Both of them have been serving as volunteers for the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) since its inception in 1987.  Jane Conroe has been an active member of the Chautauqua Lake community for more than three decades. She has donated time to public education and service on behalf of the lake. She has spearheaded the…
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