The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

Lake Maintenance, News, Shop Work, Working at CLA
Lakewood, NY — Throughout the summer, the presence of the Chautauqua Lake Association is highly visible around the Lake. From the brightly colored vessels on the water to the dump trucks running on the road, the CLA crews and the work they do is well known among lake residents. But what happens in the off-season? Chautauqua Lake management is a year-round operation and the work is never done. Late September through mid-May is shop time, according to Douglas Conroe, CLA executive director. It is during this time that every piece of equipment is overhauled, seasonal data is reviewed, and preparations for the next year begin. In the Shop At the end of each summer, the full-time maintenance crew is tasked with pulling the machines from the water and preparing them…
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CLA HOSTS PILOT PROGRAM ON ALGAL BLOOM REMEDIATION

CLA HOSTS PILOT PROGRAM ON ALGAL BLOOM REMEDIATION

Lake Maintenance, News, Science & Testing
In August of 2020, the Chautauqua Lake Association hosted the AECOM contractor component of the US Army Corps of Engineers HABITATS (Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment and Transformation System) pilot study at our shop in Lakewood, NY. A new technology for removing and disposing of HAB bluegreen algae was being efficiency tested and evaluated for possible improvements. Scientists from AECOM and the Corps were in residence at the Chautauqua Lake Association’s Lakewood facility evaluating the shore-based component.  CLA Executive Director Douglas Conroe comments that, “This pilot study offers realistic hope for producing an environmentally friendly, no chemical option for removing localized HABs along with removing phosphorus and nitrogen nutrients from our over-abundant nutrient-laden lake.” For more information on this program, please watch the video below </p>
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Summer Sunshine and Muck

Summer Sunshine and Muck

Lake Maintenance, News, Working at CLA
The Youth Working at the CLA Share Their Thoughts on the Summer Lakewood, NY — Every summer, the Chautauqua Lake Association employs a number of seasonal laborers of varied age to clean the shoreline and surface of the Lake.  At the close of the season, crews were asked to complete a short survey of their experience. When asked why they chose to work at the CLA this summer, the running theme was true— spending the summer outside, on the lake. “The best part of the job had to be working outside and on the lake,” said Alex, a sophomore at Denison University with aspirations of attending medical school. “Not many jobs around the area allow you to enjoy Chautauqua Lake.” As stewards of Chautauqua Lake since 1954, the Chautauqua Lake…
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The Final Report for 2020 Lake Maintenance Program

The Final Report for 2020 Lake Maintenance Program

Harvest Reports, Lake Maintenance, News, Work Summary
In the 2020 season, CLA ran five harvesters actively working from three locations plus shore crews in each location. These crews worked extremely hard to meet lake needs; clearing the waterways for safe, pleasurable boating and lake activities.  650.5 large truckloads = 6,505 tons, or 13,010,000 pounds of nuisance aquatic vegetation was removed along with over 37,000 pounds of nutrients from Chautauqua Lake by the CLA crews this season. Crews were located in Mayville (upper lake), Long Point (mid lake) and Lakewood (lower lake). VIEW FULL REPORT
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Where Do the Weeds Go?

Where Do the Weeds Go?

Lake Maintenance, News
What Happens To The Weeds After They Are Pulled Out Of The Lake? Lakewood, NY — We have all seen the harvesters and barge crews combing Chautauqua Lake during the summer months. These vessels and hard-working crews have become a fixture, traveling north and south, east and west as residents and visitors enjoy all the Lake has to offer.  Although the Chautauqua Lake Association is a year-round operation, they are most known for their lake maintenance program that runs June through September. A core group of retirees, college and high school students make up the crews that work tirelessly to keep Chautauqua Lake clean and safe for all to enjoy. This year CLA crews are working in a circular route around the lake to ensure that every community receives service.…
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