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Friday, July 18, 2014

Erosion-abatement plan that aims to reduce algae in Chautauqua Lake is reviewed

MAYVILLE – A $438,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture project to stabilize the stream banks at Goose Creek near Ashville was reviewed Wednesday at the meeting of the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Committee.
The goal of the project is to try to eliminate erosion along the stream and to try to reduce sediment that flows to Chautauqua Lake. Over 8,000 feet of stream will be improved according to the plan. Erosion and sediment were listed as major causes of the algae problem in Chautauqua Lake.
A local match for the project included $80,000 from the Sheldon Foundation of Jamestown. Also, $10,000 from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy was dedicated for the work.
County Executive Vince Horrigan said he was pleased the project was recognized with federal funds. Members of the committee agreed to add $50,000 from the county’s occupancy tax fund to help contribute to the local share of the project.
A new Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance group received $50,000 in funding for their new administrative costs. Funding for the group was also proved by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation in the amount of $50,000 and $100,000 from the Reg Lenna Foundation of Jamestown. The alliance is in the process of applying for status as a nonprofit agency.
Horrigan said the organization will seek an executive director and staff and will seek grant funds. Nine communities around Chautauqua Lake are expected to participate in the new alliance.
Richard Dixon was named to the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority Board. Dixon replaces the term formerly held by Industrial Development Director William Daly.
New IDA Director Kevin Sanvidge was approved as a member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board. Sanvidge is Daly’s replacement at the IDA.
Legislator Beth Kresge, D-Jamestown, was named as a member of the Chautauqua County Landbank Corporation.
All of the resolutions will be on the agenda at the next session.

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