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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chautauqua Lake to benefit from water quality improvement projects

ASHVILLE — On Feb. 28, a conservationist from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy presented on Chautauqua Lake’s water quality improvement projects for an audience in Ashville.
The presentation focused on which projects have been completed, which projects will be addressed next, and why Chautauqua Lake’s water quality needs improvement.
Last summer and fall, the Water Quality Improvement Project program stabilized sections of Bemus Creek and Prendergast Creek. In total, 1,970 feet of stream corridor was stabilized and 1,150 linear feet of stone toe protection was installed. In the future, these projects will stabilize sections of Goose, Bemus, Dutch Hollow, the west branch of Dutch Hollow and Ball creeks.
Chautauqua Lake is plagued with sedimentation problems and harmful algae due to the history and developed nature of its watershed. Many tributary streams are eroding and releasing high-nutrient sediment into Chautauqua Lake each year. This sediment can cause navigation problems at the creek’s mouths, and also supports the growth of harmful algae and nuisance aquatic vegetation. Stabilizing these streams to reduce the erosion is an important step toward keeping Chautauqua Lake beautiful and open to recreation through the summer months.
To learn more about these water quality improvement projects or to schedule a meeting with a CWC conservationist to look at an eroding stream on your property, call the group at 664-2166.

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