CHAUTAUQUA - Mike Martin spent three-and-a-half weeks studying and charting Chautauqua Lake last summer, attempting to help the county Planning Department with its Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan.
Thursday night, April 18, with approximately 50 people, including legislators, conservationists and concerned citizens in attendance at the Chautauqua Golf Club's clubhouse, Martin, of Ceder Eden Environmental, LLC, discussed his findings.
"Over the course of 25 years I've worked a lot with aquatic plant management," said Martin. "It used to be people were most worried about algae and phosphorus, but now with invasive species, that's what people are concerned about."
This weed cutter works to make a dent in a bloom in Chautauqua Lake.
Martin, who has worked with managing invasive species since the early 1980s, said the ultimate goal of this study is to learn more about the lake and design treatment zones, which would better help to stop the spread and growth of SAVs by addressing location-specific needs, rather than treating the lake as one homogeneous body.
Six in-depth maps focusing on issues which concern the lake were unveiled to the audience. Specifically, the data which the six maps focused on were: Bathymetric and littoral, plant abundance, sensitive areas, man's use of the lake, weed conflicts of man's use and sensitivity of conflicts.
"All of you have seen the results of (invasive species)," said Martin. "The purpose of the SAVMP is to develop an integrated zone program that preserves and enhances lake uses while protecting the environmentally critical areas."