LAKEWOOD, N.Y. - The Chautauqua Lake Association is starting its 2012 operations with equipment going in the lake last week.
The CLA, known as the steward of Chautauqua Lake, has already removed trees which have been obstructing waterways at Goose Creek and other areas of the lake. Crews have begun harvesting at the beginning of the outlet to help with water flow and navigation.
According to CLA officials, curly leaf pondweed is currently dense in the area, but normally dies off by July 4. They do not expect major problems with it and have no plans to expend resources to address it.
The Chautauqua Lake Association’s equipment started its work on Chautauqua Lake recently.
Although operations are starting on time, only half of the CLA's equipment will be in use for the 2012 season. The remainder of the equipment will remain dry docked due to funding constraints. "We are very thankful of the many individuals and organizations, including Chautauqua County and New York State, that have stepped forward to help with funding to enable us to launch our equipment," CLA Board Member Doug Conroe said. "Additional equipment will be used as funding permits and if fund drive responses are successful."
The fund drive is on-going and donations can be directed to the CLA Office in Lakewood.