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 Syracuse’s Dr. Charley Driscoll that depicts conditions that are required in order for algal blooms to form. Both speakers noted that the only factor that humans can control is that of managing and reducing nutrient input into the lake. They stressed the need for proactive watershed and storm water management practices as did the Watershed Conservancy.