MAYVILLE - Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission (CLMC) have taken important steps toward the development of an inlake management plan to address nuisance aquatic plants.
After assembling funding and developing a Scope of Work in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development (CCPED), the CLMC and a broad stakeholder group agreed to hire Cedar Eden Environmental, LLC of Saranac Lake, a firm with extensive expertise in aquatic plant management, to develop the plan.
Cedar Eden will develop a comprehensive and integrated submerged aquatic vegetation management plan (SAVMP) that will expand upon the techniques to manage the nuisance aquatic vegetation that impairs recreational, environmental, and economic resources in Chautauqua Lake.
Once completed, the Plan will consider the location and type of man's uses, areas of excessive weed growth, and where the conflicts between man's uses and the weeds occur. It will then identify sensitive areas and will prescribe reasonable and practical management alternatives that are implementable for the control of aquatic vegetation.
Cedar Eden will provide synthesis and organization of the existing information from all previous research activities that have taken place on Chautauqua Lake over the past several decades, identify any information gaps, and complete the necessary work needed to fill those gaps in order complete the SAVMP.
A public meeting is being held Aug. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Ashville Firehall near Stow Senior Center.
The Project Team will present the Scope of Work and details of the project, and provide an opportunity for the public to provide input and ask questions.
Details regarding the Cedar Eden proposal for the SAVMP may be accessed at: www.planningchautauqua.com/watershed/index.htm, under Publications and Projects, SAV Management Plan Scope of Work Cedar Eden 2012.
Contact Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding this and ongoing projects in Chautauqua Lake and Throughout the County at firstname.lastname@example.org.