The health of Chautauqua Lake is at the top of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's agenda these days.
Rep. Reed, R-Corning, met with other area lawmakers in Bemus Point on Friday, June 7 to reveal a new effort in Washington, D.C., that would spotlight the needs of Chautauqua Lake, ensuring a positive future for the lake and the community around it.
"Chautauqua Lake is such an economic engine and such a way of life in Chautauqua County that I wanted to start some legislation in Washington to make sure this lake is prosperous for generations to come," said Reed. "Next week we'll be dropping the Impaired Water Improvement Act."
The Impaired Water Improvement Act will focus primarily on waterways that have been declared impaired due to various reasons, including phosphorus levels or the total maximum daily load of the waterway. Through that legislation, funding and resources for those waterways will be provided from a pot of money provided by those responsible for the impairment of the waterways. Penalties that are paid due to violations of the Clean Water Act would go back to areas that are in need of improvements.