Field Guide Posted on CLA Website

Chautauqua Lake Possesses a Diverse Community of Aquatic Plants  Lakewood, NY — The CLA announces a new way to identify and learn about the Chautauqua Lake’s aquatic plants. Posted on the association’s website and available for download, the field guide was prepared by Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists of Ithaca, New York. It is titled A Field Guide of Native Aquatic Macrophyte Species Found in Chautauqua Lake along with Current and Potential Non-Natives Species.  Racine-Johnson has been independently studying Chautauqua Lake’s diverse plant community continually since 2002 under the sponsorship of the CLA. Although the common belief is that only a couple…
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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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CLA HOSTS PILOT PROGRAM ON ALGAL BLOOM REMEDIATION

CLA HOSTS PILOT PROGRAM ON ALGAL BLOOM REMEDIATION

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…
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CLA RECEIVES 2020 LAKE STUDIES REPORTS

CLA RECEIVES 2020 LAKE STUDIES REPORTS

Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director Douglas Conroe reports that two publications on 2020 lake ecological conditions have been received and are posted on the CLA’s website. The reports were prepared by Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists based upon the results of their 2020 in-lake scientific monitoring program. The CLA has contracted annually since 2002 with Racine-Johnson personnel to independently monitor and assess lake ecological health conditions. Racine-Johnson performs similar services on multiple New York State lakes.  The firm’s principal, Robert Johnson, is a retired Cornell University faculty member and Cornell Ponds Manager. Johnson is a member and former president of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management…
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