NALMS 2023 Recap – Erie, PA

NALMS 2023 Recap – Erie, PA

The North American Lake Management Society’s (NALMS) 43rd International Symposium took place October 22-26, 2023, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme was Great Lakes, Local Solutions.  The Chautauqua Lake Association had the privilege of serving on the planning committee and was also invited to speak at this year’s event. On day two of the conference, Doug Conroe and Heather Nolan-Caskey delivered a presentation about the versatility of the CLA’s services and how its equipment is used to multi-task based on the current needs of Chautauqua Lake. Download our full presentation here.  A Unique Perspective  The…
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Executive Director Attends Fall WNY PRISM Meeting

Executive Director Attends Fall WNY PRISM Meeting

This past Tuesday CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe attended the Fall Partners Meeting of the WNY PRISM (Program for Regional Invasive Species Management.)  Representatives from 8 WNY counties assembled to share information about the status of invasive species situations in their areas. The group also reviewed the appropriateness of the region’s tier ranking system that provides management guidance and action priority ranking in regard to the various invasive species that exist or can be expected to arrive in the region.  A special outtake of the session was the development of an aquatic invasive species listing of species that are not…
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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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Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Boat User Fees on Chautauqua Lake

Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Boat User Fees on Chautauqua Lake

(MAYVILLE, NY) — Chautauqua County will be holding a public meeting to discuss Chautauqua Lake boat user fees on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 at 6PM. The meeting will be held at the Gerace Office Building 3 N. Erie St. Third Floor Legislative Chambers Mayville, NY 14757. This meeting is open to the public and will be live streamed through Chautauqua County’s YouTube page. -- The CLA has recommended for years that a boat user fee be considered as a part of a long term funding scenario to finance lake management. Going forward, any funding program should be overseen by an entity that brings all entities including government…
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CLA Staff Attends 40th Annual NYSFOLA Conference in Lake George

CLA Staff Attends 40th Annual NYSFOLA Conference in Lake George

Executive Director Douglas Conroe and Administrative & Community Services Manager Heather Nolan-Caskey attended the 40th Annual Conference of the NYS Federation of Lakes Association which took place May 5-6 in Lake George, NY. Among the presenters was SUNY Oneonta Lake researcher, Jessica Casey who discussed a nutrient study she performed on Duane Lake, located in Schenectady County. Casey will be presenting her Chautauqua Lake aquatic plants research at the Annual Meeting of the Chautauqua Lake Association on June 20, 2023. Tuscarora Nation member and SUNY ESF professor Neil Patterson, Jr. presented an inspiring talk on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and…
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