2013 CLA Fund Drive

2013 CLA Fund Drive

Greetings! Chautauqua Lake maintenance will always be a necessity. The great news is that we have a Chautauqua Lake Association in place that can meet Chautauqua Lake’s plant control needs. With your support and the support of others, CLA crews can be launched and significant results can be achieved in 2013. No other entity exists locally to do what the CLA does. Our fleet is matched by no other thanks to local foundations that have provided the procurement funding. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating with a volunteer board, volunteer labor components and a low cost overhead. We have…
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EVENT: iMapInvasives Spring Training Sessions – May 31, 2013

EVENT: iMapInvasives Spring Training Sessions – May 31, 2013

The NY Natural Heritage Program is offering training to use the NYS invasive species database, iMapInvasives, throughout the state this spring (including a training for the Western NY PRISM in Buffalo). iMapInvasives is the online mapping system used to track invasive species threatening New YorkState’s natural resources. All interested groups, including natural resource managers, citizen scientists, and educators, are encouraged to help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and management efforts. Training is required to enter data, and the NY Natural Heritage Program will be offering free sessions throughout the state this spring. In addition to data…
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First Niagara Bank Foundation Makes $5,000 Donation to Chautauqua Lake Association

First Niagara Bank Foundation Makes $5,000 Donation to Chautauqua Lake Association

Phil Persons, Branch Manager Vice President, from the Fairmount Avenue branch of First Niagara Bank made a $5,000 donation to the Chautauqua Lake Association in support of their 2013 lake maintenance efforts. “The Chautauqua Lake Association is most appreciative of First Niagara Bank’s Foundation support this year,” CLA President Douglas Conroe said.  “The support of local businesses and foundations, our members and our public partners, Chautauqua County and New York State, and Lake Municipalities enable us to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users.” The CLA has been part of the Chautauqua…
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Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick Winner Announced

Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick Winner Announced

The Chautauqua Lake Association announced today that their Ice Pick has fallen through the ice in Bemus Bay and a winner has been announced for predicting when it would fall. The Ice Pick is a fundraising event for the organization to promote ongoing maintenance and studies on Chautauqua Lake. The Ice Pick was placed on the solid ice of Chautauqua Lake in early February of this year. The Ice Pick fell at 3:45 PM on April 9, 2013. “The area was monitored throughout the evening by committee members and removed from the lake the following morning for safety reasons,” said…
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CLA Officials Participate in State/Local Water Events

This past week, the CLA participated in two different water events worth noting. The first was the WNY Water Environment Association’s 31st Annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference. As a part of the CLA President's professional duties, Doug Conroe presented on behalf of Chautauqua Institution about the Institution’s program of Storm Water Abatement Utilizing Green Technology. The presentation outlined the Institution’s Drainage Management Plan and also its Draft Sustainable Shoreline Action Plan. Features were explained including designed wetlands, rain gardens, shoreline modification and runoff processing. While at the conference, Doug also attended a session about the success story of the Onondaga Lake phosphorus reduction TMDL which gives us encouragement…
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