CWC Discusses Accomplishments, Future Projects At Meeting

MAYVILLE – Accomplishments and future projects for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy highlighted the group’s annual meeting Sunday in Mayville.

Linda Barber, CWC president, said the group continues to communicate with surrounding lake organizations, including the Chautauqua Lake Association and Chautauqua Lake Management Commission.

“There has been a lot of change and a lot of efforts going on over the past year in the county with regard to the lake,” Barber said. “There are a number of organizations working together, and questions have been raised.”

The partnership with the CLA remains strong; Doug Conroe, CLA president, is a board member with the CWC, while Barber sits on the board of the CLA.

“I can ensure you, that we as a conservancy are involved and working as a partnership with all of the other organizations,” Barber said. “We work closely together and we work as a team.”

Some of the group’s accomplishments included: meeting with lakefront landowners to initiate 10 stream erosion control projects on several tributaries; accepting a 30-acre donation in the town of Chautauqua to establish the Elm Flats Wetland Preserve; and the undertaking of invasive species control projects at two nature preserves.

Also highlighted were the conservancy’s Facebook page and weekly Chautauqua Watershed column in The Post-Journal.

Objectives for the year, meanwhile, include: the contracting to conserve an 11-acre parcel with 400 feet of lakeshore and 8 acres of wetlands at Whitney Bay; outreach and technical assistance for lakefront owners; and the institution of a volunteer preserve steward program to monitor and maintain lands and invasive species control.

Following dinner, the group heard from David Anderson and Tricia Bergstue, CWC conservationists, and Executive Director John Jablonski III. The trio discussed in depth some of the CWC’s goals, focusing on the connection to landowners around Chautauqua Lake.