Boat Safely During the Eclipse

Boat Safely During the Eclipse

With the Total Solar Eclipse just days away, the Chautauqua Lake Association would like to remind anyone planning to witness this event from their motorized or non-motorized watercraft to “Boat Safely!” The eclipse will begin over Chautauqua Lake shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024. The transition to full totality will begin at 3:18 p.m. and will last approximately 4 minutes.  During that time, daylight will transform into an ethereal twilight. Diligence on the water will be critical to avoid potential hazards during this event.  If you are planning to enjoy this once-in-our-lifetime experience from your boat on…
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Upcoming ORBA Webinars

Upcoming ORBA Webinars

CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe currently serves on a work group of the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA).   ORBA is currently preparing an Ohio River Basin Restoration and Protection Plan that will be submitted to Congress in order to obtain long-term funding for projects that need to be undertaken throughout the Basin. The Allegheny River, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake and the Cassadaga Lakes are all situated within the Ohio River Basin. ORBA has just released a report on the results of 31 listening sessions that were held throughout the basin to obtain public input on citizen priorities for including in…
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NALMS 2023 Recap – Erie, PA

NALMS 2023 Recap – Erie, PA

The North American Lake Management Society’s (NALMS) 43rd International Symposium took place October 22-26, 2023, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme was Great Lakes, Local Solutions.  The Chautauqua Lake Association had the privilege of serving on the planning committee and was also invited to speak at this year’s event. On day two of the conference, Doug Conroe and Heather Nolan-Caskey delivered a presentation about the versatility of the CLA’s services and how its equipment is used to multi-task based on the current needs of Chautauqua Lake. Download our full presentation here.  A Unique Perspective  The…
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Executive Director Attends Fall WNY PRISM Meeting

Executive Director Attends Fall WNY PRISM Meeting

This past Tuesday CLA Executive Director Doug Conroe attended the Fall Partners Meeting of the WNY PRISM (Program for Regional Invasive Species Management.)  Representatives from 8 WNY counties assembled to share information about the status of invasive species situations in their areas. The group also reviewed the appropriateness of the region’s tier ranking system that provides management guidance and action priority ranking in regard to the various invasive species that exist or can be expected to arrive in the region.  A special outtake of the session was the development of an aquatic invasive species listing of species that are not…
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Fishing for Answers to the CLA’s Most Popular Questions

Fishing for Answers to the CLA’s Most Popular Questions

CLA staff and volunteers are on the hook with some evidence based responses to a few of our most commonly asked questions.  1. Is Eurasian Watermilfoil still a problem plant in Chautauqua Lake? Once considered an invasive nuisance plant, Eurasian Watermilfoil has become well established throughout the lake in non-nuisance conditions. It is generally no longer densely populated and has been brought under control by the weevil, moth, and caddisfly herbivore insects that feed upon it. It seldom grows to reach the surface like it did years ago.   — Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologist Report 2019 2. Can Eurasian Watermilfoil and…
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