CLMC?To Host Workshop

ASHVILLE – A second “Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities” will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Building A of the Hewes BOCES Center, located at 2615 North Maple Avenue, Ashville. Admission is free.

Announced by the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission, Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Cornell University, the workshop is designed to educate homeowners and private businesses, as well as local, state and federal officials on the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways.

Attendees will hear and interact with experts on how waterfront septic systems 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 weeds and algae in our waterbodies. Depending on the location may even affect one’s family if they are faulty and are too close to water wells. Attendees can learn about proper system design and maintenance, along with a strategy for how the County Health Department is proposing to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

Presentations will be given by:

Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County watershed coordinator, on the status of the “Chautauqua Lake Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus”;

Tom Cherry, Chautauqua Utility District, and Tom Carlson, N. Chautauqua Lake Sewer District, on the “TMDL Impacts and Solutions for Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants”;

Bob Eichinger, Onsite Engineering LLC, on the “Fate and Transport of Phosphorus in Septic Systems & Alternative and Enhanced Phosphorus Removal”;

  • George Barden, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector, on the “Alternative Wastewater Technologies on Difficult Sites”;

Bill Boria, county Health Department water resources specialist, on the “Comparison of Four Septic System Management Programs for Lakeshore Communities.”

Sri Vedachalam of Cornell University and others will also provide advice during the workshop.

Residents who were unable to attend the first workshop can view the video of the meeting that will air on Channel 5 at 3 and 9 p.m. daily today through Friday. Channel 5 serves the towns of Chautauqua, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley and Westfield.

The workshop is being made possible by Cornell University with funding support provided by the state Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information, contact Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County watershed coordinator, at 661-8915.