WATCH: Virtual NYSFOLA – WNY Region Annual Conference

WATCH: Virtual NYSFOLA – WNY Region Annual Conference

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The NYSFOLA Virtual Conference, which was recorded on Saturday, October 24, 2020, is now available for streaming. WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://porch.chq.org/re/event/413/ This conference, hosted on the ChqPorch.org platform featured 3 sessions, one of which is related to the toxicity of HABs on Chautauqua Lake. The first two sessions discussed topics pertaining to foam on lakes and how climate change is affecting waterbodies. Opening statements were given by:Don Cook, NYSFOLA Board Member Doug Conroe, Executive Director - Chautauqua Lake Association Tarki Heath, NYSFOLA President 1st Presentation: “Chemically Fingerprinting the Source of Foam on Canandaigua Lake” By Dr. Richard W. Smith and Dr. Stella C. Woodard, Global Aquatic Research 10:20 to 10:50 pm 2nd Presentation: “The Future Climate of New York State: Will All Regions Be Affected the Same” By Dr. Mark Wysocki,…
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In Response to Local Editorial on Chautauqua Lake Management

In Response to Local Editorial on Chautauqua Lake Management

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The following letter to the editor was written by Douglas Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director, in response to an editorial published in The Post-Journal on October 10, 2020, titled “Strong Leadership Needed On Lake; Is That A Pipe Dream?” This response, which corrects factual errors and expands upon many aspects of Chautauqua Lake management, was submitted to The Post-Journal two weeks ago but, as of this date, has not been printed. Editor, The Post-Journal: This is to comment upon and also to correct inaccuracies contained in the daily Editorial of the October 10-11, 2020, edition of The Post-Journal.  The editorial reflected upon Chautauqua Lake management. The editor leaves the reader with the impression that the Chautauqua Lake Association sponsored Racine-Johnson study was performed to evaluate the 2019 herbicide program that occurred in the lake. That…
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CLA to Participate in Virtual Conference at Chautauqua Institution

CLA to Participate in Virtual Conference at Chautauqua Institution

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On Saturday, October 24, members of the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) will join CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe and other guest speakers in a virtual conference at Chautauqua Institution. This program, which is set to begin at 10am will cover a variety of aquatic research topics including the effects of climate change and harmful algal blooms NYSFOLA Western Regional/Finger Lakes Virtual Conference AGENDA October 24, 2020 10:00AM-noon Opening Statements Don Cook, NYSFOLA Board Member Doug Conroe, Executive Director - Chautauqua Lake Association Tarki Heath, NYSFOLA President 1st Presentation“Chemically Fingerprinting the Source of Foam on Canandaigua Lake”By Dr. Richard W. Smith and Dr. Stella C. Woodard, Global Aquatic Research 2nd Presentation“The Future Climate of New York State: Will All Regions Be Affected the Same”By Dr. Mark Wysocki,…
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Chautauqua Lake Association to Host NYSDEC / ARMY CORPS Innovative HAB Mitigation Demonstration Project

Chautauqua Lake Association to Host NYSDEC / ARMY CORPS Innovative HAB Mitigation Demonstration Project

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LAKEWOOD, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is collaborating with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to implement a demonstration project that will remove algae from Chautauqua Lake.  Chautauqua Lake is burdened with excess algae which then results in the presence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). It is anticipated that the project will result in having the availability of an additional tool for mitigating the presence HABs.  The firm AECOM has been contracted to manage the demonstration project. AECOM has also been piloting similar demonstration projects at Lake Agawam in New York and at sites in Florida. AECOM has selected the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) facility in Lakewood to serve as the host site for the demonstration project. The facility is situated on…
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UNDERSTANDING ALGAL BLOOMS

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CLA Collaborates with Organizations in Support of Healthy Aquatic Environment  Lakewood, NY — A healthy lake is a happy lake. The CLA has been collaborating with multiple organizations throughout the years to provide a natural response to unwanted vegetation, in-lake maintenance, and the removal and clearing of shoreline debris which clogs navigation. The CLA has also become deeply involved with studying, cataloging, and monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). In addition, the CLA informs the public and appropriate government agencies about the presence of algal blooms. Algal blooms are a rapid increase in the population of algae in an aquatic system. Algae is always present in bodies of water, such as Chautauqua Lake, but only a few types can produce toxins. Toxin production can be stimulated by environmental factors such as…
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