Doug Conroe, President of the CLA, and Jane Conroe, Conservationist with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, attended the annual NYS Federation of Lake Associations Conference on May 3 & 4 at the White Eagle Conference Center near Hamilton, NY. Jane is the CLA’s water sampling collector for the joint NYSDEC-NYSFOLA CSLAP (Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program).
Doug took some time to inspect a conveyor that is similar to one utilized by the CLA to off-load seaweed from the harvesters into a truck. Doug also got to spend some time with Paul Lord, former Cornell Ponds Chautauqua Lake Researcher and current SUNY Oneonta Environmental Program Mussel Research Program Instructor.
Sessions attended included several sessions on invasive plant species management, coping with Harmful Algal Blooms, the newly issued Chautauqua Lake TMDL for Phosphorus and septic systems management.
Interaction on Chautauqua Lake issues occurred with NYS Department of Health and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters personnel. Arrangements were confirmed to have CLA volunteers continue to collect water quality and HAB samples to include in a statewide lakes analysis program.
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and County planning personnel also attended on behalf of Chautauqua County along with a representative from Findley Lake.