Workshop On Wastewater Management To Be Held At BOCES?Center Wednesday

ASHVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake Management Commission, Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Cornell University have announced that a Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities will be held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Building A of the Hewes BOCES Center. Admission is free.

This is the first of two workshops designed to educate homeowners, private business, 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 their waterfront septic system might be a source of lake pollution and a potential human heath risk.

Septic systems that are not designed and maintained properly release nutrients that feed the nuisance weeds and algae in our waterbodies, and depending on the location may even affect one’s family if the faulty septic system is too close to water wells. Attendees can learn about proper system design and maintenance, along with how the County Health Department is proposing to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

Presentations will be given by: Tom Erlandson, CLMC member and county legislator, on the “Recent History of Wastewater Treatment Around Chautauqua Lake”; Bob Eichinger, Onsite Engineering, LLC, on “Residential Septic Systems”; and Mark Stow, Paul Snyder, Byan Mentley, CCDOH, who will describe the current Chautauqua County Septic System Program. Jeff Diers, watershed coordinator, CCPED, Bill Boria, CCDOH, and Sri Vedachalam, Cornell University, will also provide professional expertise during the workshop.