CLA Participates in Libraries Love Lakes Program

CLA Participates in Libraries Love Lakes Program

On Wednesday, July 19, the Chautauqua Lake Association along with the Chautauqua-Conewango Consortium, a Waterkeeper Affiliate, jointly discussed Chautauqua Lake’s ecological system at the Libraries Love Lakes (LLL) Program hosted by the Lakewood Library. Representatives from the CLA and CCC explained how each component supports the existence of other components within the lake ecosystem. Emphasis was given to the importance of having healthy aquatic plant colonies present and how these plants support a host of critters and fish while supporting water clarity and reducing algal blooms.  Libraries Love Lakes is a national program that brings libraries and lake scientists together to…
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Proposal To Further Implement Collaborative Lake Maintenance Services

Proposal To Further Implement Collaborative Lake Maintenance Services

This past spring the county legislature approved the County Executive’s request to utilize a million dollars of federal ARPA funds for the purchase of lake maintenance equipment for Chautauqua Lake. County officials met with Lake Association leaders to discuss the program’s scope. The county subsequently issued a Request For Proposals.  The CLA filed a Proposal which can be viewed below. It is expected that a response to the proposal will be received soon. Download Proposal
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A Tribute: Paul W. Swanson

A Tribute: Paul W. Swanson

Reflecting Back on More Than 33 Years of Dedicated Service to Chautauqua Lake Paul W. Swanson, who passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, was a dedicated colleague and friend to many in the Chautauqua Lake community. He was an avid boater and enriched the lives of many with his deep knowledge of the Lake.  For more 33 years, Paul served in a number of roles at the Chautauqua Lake Association including mechanic and General Manager, where he worked with great diligence to keep the lake safe for all to enjoy.  Around the shop, Paul was considered "the best boss…
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A Love of Chautauqua Lake

A Love of Chautauqua Lake

On November 11, 2021, Mueller, set off on a Veteran's Day kayaking tour of Chautauqua Lake's south end to observe the shoreline and scout out what more needs to be done. While much of this journey was completed in the water, some was done by land. CLA President Rudy Mueller, shown here near the shores of Fluvanna, crossed to Celoron Hotel and paddled through Burtis Bay before heading back to the shop. It was a beautiful morning for a paddle around Chautauqua Lake's south basin. Paddling through Smith Boys in Ashville. When asked why Mueller volunteers as Board President, he…
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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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