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County to offer second workshop on improved wastewater management

May 15, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Lake Management Commission, Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Cornell University have announced a second free "Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities" will be held Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Building A of the Hewes BOCES Center, 2615 N. Maple Ave., Ashville.

This workshop is designed to educate homeowners and private businesses, as well as local, state and federal officials on the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways.

During this workshop, attendees will hear and interact with experts on how waterfront septic systems might be a source of lake pollution and a potential human heath risk. Septic systems not designed and maintained properly release nutrients feed the weeds and algae in waterbodies. Depending on the location may even affect one's family if they are faulty and are too close to water wells. Attendees can learn about proper system design and maintenance, along with a strategy for how the County Health Department is proposing to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

Presentations will be given by: Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator of CCPED Jeff Diers on the status of the "Chautauqua Lake Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus"; Tom Cherry of the Chautauqua Utility District and Tom Carlson of the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District on the "TMDL Impacts and Solutions for Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants"; Bob Eichinger of Onsite Engineering, LLC, on the "Fate and Transport of Phosphorus in Septic Systems and Alternative and Enhanced Phosphorus Removal"; Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector George Barden on the "Alternative Wastewater Technologies on Difficult Sites"; and (Water Resources Specialist at CCDOH Bill Boria on the "Comparison of Four Septic System Management Programs for Lakeshore Communities." Sri Vedachalam of Cornell University and others will also provide professional expertise and advice during the workshop.

Residents who were unable to attend the first workshop are urged to view the video of this important meeting airing on Cable Access Channel 5 at 3 and 9 p.m. daily to Friday, May 10. Channel 5 serves the towns of Chautauqua, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley and Westfield.

This workshop is being made possible by Cornell University with funding support provided by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information, contact Diers at 661-8915 or Vedachalam at (607) 254-7163 or visit




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