BOCES conservation students volunteered along with instructor Jeff Angeletti, Chautauqua Marina staff; Jane Conroe, CWC conservationist; and Amy Smith on Thursday to plant more than 800 native plantings along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline to help protect against erosion.
"There is still more to be completed, however having the students work with us and learn at the same time was quite an amazing project to be a part of," said Ken Shearer, president of Chautauqua Marina and president of the Mayville Chamber of Commerce.
Conroe, Smith and Chautauqua Marina staff will continue with a goal of completing most of the project in time for the National Marina Lake Day event on Saturday, June 14.
Amy Smith prepares native plants to be planted by BOCES students.
In the fall of 2013 Chautauqua Marina began the massive waterfront erosion control project with the assistance of a county grant from the Chautauqua County Occupancy Bed Tax.
The project encompassed more than 700 feet of waterfront. The project also includes native plantings along the waterfront to help secure the project and add to the beauty of our lake. Visitors and residents are encouraged to stop by Chautauqua Marina on June 14 during the National Marina Day "Lake Day" Celebration to view the "Waterfront Erosion Protection Project.
"We are proud to be one of the first marinas on our lake to take on a project of this magnitude," Shearer said.
"Although more work is to be done - visitors and residents will have the opportunity to learn more about how they too can encourage residents and business to follow suit."
Representatives from CWA, CLA and Chautauqua Marina will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
In addition to open house at Chautauqua Marina, free activities including the free annual youth fishing contest, the free Musky Fishing Workshop and free Fly knot tying workshops will be offered on June 14 during the National Marina, "Lake Day" Celebration.
To register for free classes and events call Chautauqua Marina 753-0409. Those participating in free classes and the youth fishing contest will also enjoy a light lunch. For more information visit them at their website www.ChautauquaMarina.com or call 753-3913.
National Marina "Lake Day" Celebration is sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 126 and is hosted by Chautauqua Marina. The marina is located at 104 West Lake Road, Mayville.