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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Meet the Stewards

Meet the Stewards

In honor of New York’s 8th Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week please join us in welcoming our 2021 Watercraft Stewards. These individuals help keep our waterways clean as part of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program. This state-wide program provides information and education to boaters while data is gathered for state usage information. MAX PINGITORE Max is a senior at Cassadaga High School. This is his second year as a CLA boat steward in Dunkirk and Cassadaga. After high school, Max plans on attending JCC and studying criminal justice. “I started working at CLA so I could get comfortable talking…
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The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

Lakewood, NY — Throughout the summer, the presence of the Chautauqua Lake Association is highly visible around the Lake. From the brightly colored vessels on the water to the dump trucks running on the road, the CLA crews and the work they do is well known among lake residents. But what happens in the off-season? Chautauqua Lake management is a year-round operation and the work is never done. Late September through mid-May is shop time, according to Douglas Conroe, CLA executive director. It is during this time that every piece of equipment is overhauled, seasonal data is reviewed, and preparations…
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Summer Sunshine and Muck

Summer Sunshine and Muck

The Youth Working at the CLA Share Their Thoughts on the Summer Lakewood, NY — Every summer, the Chautauqua Lake Association employs a number of seasonal laborers of varied age to clean the shoreline and surface of the Lake.  At the close of the season, crews were asked to complete a short survey of their experience. When asked why they chose to work at the CLA this summer, the running theme was true— spending the summer outside, on the lake. “The best part of the job had to be working outside and on the lake,” said Alex, a sophomore at…
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