2021 Summer Lake Cleanup Totals

2021 Summer Lake Cleanup Totals

Employment, Harvest Reports, Lake Maintenance, News, Science & Testing, Work Summary, Working at CLA
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. Regular season crews started on June 14 and worked through the beginning of September.   On average, the CLA employs 30-40 of laborers annually for the summer season. This year,…
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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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CLA RECEIVES 2020 LAKE STUDIES REPORTS

CLA RECEIVES 2020 LAKE STUDIES REPORTS

News, Science & Testing
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 Society (NEAPMS), has served on the board of directors and as editor of their newsletter for several years. The highest professional award from the NEAPMS, the Aquatic Plant Science Award, was…
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WATCH: Virtual NYSFOLA – WNY Region Annual Conference

WATCH: Virtual NYSFOLA – WNY Region Annual Conference

Conference, News, Science & Testing
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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