The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, in cooperation with the USDA-Natural Conservation Service, is set to undertake a wetland enhancement project involving the construction of a series of four inter-connected shallow ponds at its Loomis Goose Creek Wetland Preserve on Route 394.
This project will complete the site's federal Wetland Reserve Program project, which was part of the conservation deal entered into with the previous owners of the site and the Natural Resources Conservation Service as part of the conservancy's purchase of the site. Wetland surface soils will be redistributed over the ponds to seed the ponds with the natural seed bank present at the site. Disturbed areas will be reseeded with a conservation seed mix prescribed by biologists at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The pond area is presently a disturbed wetland and meadow area that was formerly wetland before being cleared and cultivated for crops for several decades. The CWC has obtained permits for water quality certification and disturbance within 100 feet of a state-regulate wetland for this project. After completion of this project, CWC plans to construct a wildlife viewing structure and kiosk with educational information at this site.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Over the past 22 years, the organization has itself, and in cooperation with New York State, established 17 nature preserves and conserved two miles of Chautauqua Lake and Outlet shoreline and 688 acres of land across Chautauqua County. In addition to land conservation, it provides watershed education programs and technical assistance to landowners and service providers on landscaping and conservation through its Healthy Landscaping, Healthy Waters programs. Anyone interested in learning more about landscaping their property for wildlife or water quality or learning more about conserving their lakeshore, streamside lands or wetlands are invited to contact the Conservancy at 664-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The public is also invited to learn more about lake and watershed stewardship, support the work of the CWC and/or sign up for e-mail updates on CWC events and programs at www.chautauquawatershed.org.