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The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

The Chautauqua Lake Association is a Year-Round Operation

Lake Maintenance, News, Shop Work, Working at CLA
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 for the next year begin. In the Shop At the end of each summer, the full-time maintenance crew is tasked with pulling the machines from the water and preparing them…
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CLA Welcomes Dr. Rudy Mueller as Board President

CLA Welcomes Dr. Rudy Mueller as Board President

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Dr. Rudy Mueller was recently elected President of the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) and has served on the Board since 2015.  He is married to Dr. Diane Mueller and they live in Lakewood where they raised their five children. Dr. Rudy is an Internal Medicine and Geriatric Physician having served patients locally since 1992 at WCA Hospital, Jamestown Primary Care, the Jamestown VA and currently at The Chautauqua Center.  Mueller graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University, followed by a Medical Degree from Ohio State University and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Northwestern University Hospitals in Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Buffalo. He authored the book, As Sick…
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2021 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

2021 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

Employment, News, Watercraft Steward
The Chautauqua Lake Association is currently accepting applications for its Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread Prevention Program.  The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) is seeking qualified individuals to work as Watercraft Stewards for a regional spread prevention program across Chautauqua County (locations include Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga Lake and Lake Erie). Stewards will gather data and inspect boats for aquatic invasive species as part of an early detection/rapid response spread prevention effort. Stewards also educate boaters and visitors about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and how the general public can help slow the spread of AIS. This is part of a statewide Clean, Drain, Dry spread prevention and awareness program.  Weekend work is required (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday). Position will be approximately 32 hours per week for 12-16 weeks. All necessary supplies…
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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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