Executive Director Attends Local Water Quality Conference

Executive Director Attends Local Water Quality Conference

CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe recently attended the 2022 Chautauqua Lake Water Quality Conference that was sponsored by Chautauqua Institution and held there on June 18.  Presentations were provided by personnel from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy,  SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Onoenta, the Jefferson Project, Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Syracuse.  Greg Boyer, Ph.D., from SUNY ESF provided a tutorial on algae, harmful blue-green algae, toxic algae.  He also reported on Chautauqua Lake conditions utilizing water samples data that had been collected since 2013 by the CLA.  Pictured is a slide that was created by Dr. Boyer and was also utilized by…
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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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