Webb's Captains Table in Mayville will be the location for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy's annual meeting and dinner celebration to be held on Sunday, July 28th. This year's featured speakers will be CWC's conservationists Jane Conroe and David Anderson, speaking on their outreach to foster lakeshore native plant landscaping on Chautauqua Lake and to engage landowners of stream sites with high rates of erosion to obtain design and funding assistance to undertake conservation projects to reduce the loading of sediment and nutrients to Chautauqua Lake. Excessive nutrient loading and sedimentation fuel Chautauqua Lake's abundant algae and plant growth.
Ms. Conroe is a retired middle school science teacher and a long time Chautauqua Lake Association Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program volunteer, who has been monitoring the water quality of Chautauqua Lake for two decades. She has assisted several neighborhood associations and landowners to plant "buffers" along their lakeshores for water quality enhancement and to control erosion. Mr. Anderson is an adjunct instructor in education at SUNY-Fredonia, a retired elementary school teacher and an avid trout fisherman regularly fishing several of the streams of the region. He has partnered with local schools and Trout Unlimited to engage area youth in conservation plantings on area streams.
Ms. Conroe, Mr. Anderson and Tricia Bergstue have been working as part time conservationists for CWC as part of the two-year Chautauqua Watersheds Conservation Stewardship Program. This program has been funded by the Sheldon Foundation, New York State Conservation Partnership Program with funding from the New York Environmental Protection Fund administered by the Land Trust Alliance in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Chautauqua County.
CWC members, community leaders and the general public are invited to attend the annual meeting at a cost of $40.00 per person for a buffet style dinner. A welcoming reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 4:45 pm, followed by the annual meeting at 5:30 pm. An annual report to the membership on activities and board elections will take place. To make a reservation, mail a check (made payable to the CWC) to the Conservancy at 413 North Main St. in Jamestown or call 664-2166 to pay by credit card no later than Tuesday, July 23rd.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local not-for-profit land trust and watershed education organization supported by 1,200 families, businesses and organizations that is 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 23 years, the organization has itself, and in cooperation with the New York State, conserved two miles of Chautauqua Lake and Outlet shoreline and 718 acres of land across Chautauqua County and established 18 nature preserves. It provides watershed education programs and technical assistance to landowners and service providers on landscaping and conservation through its Healthy Landscaping-Healthy Waters Program.