CLMC Working To Form Stronger Alliances

STOW – Pursuant to its core mission, the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission was a major contributor to the development of the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan and is working to finalize the Chautauqua Lake Macrophyte Management Strategy, which set forth specific recommendations for the proper management of our precious natural resources. Since the CLMC is purely an advisory committee, its members are reorganizing into a stronger alliance in order to secure greater funding and resources necessary to implement the recommendations under the lake and watershed plans. The alliance will strengthen existing relationships among member organizations already engaged in important lake and watershed activities, and will promote a comprehensive and coordinated effort to ensure the sustained health, ecology and uses of Chautauqua Lake and its watershed.

Representatives from local, county, state and federal governments, quasi-governmental agencies, foundations, businesses, water-related not-for-profits and other stakeholders met at the Stow Senior Center on March 11 to discuss the formation of this alliance. A Steering Committee with broad representation from these stakeholders has been working closely with the law firm Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE), from Rochester, for several months to develop a legal framework for this new organization. When formed, its mission will be:

“The Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, working in collaboration with lake and watershed-related organizations, will promote and facilitate implementation of recommendations from the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan and the Chautauqua Lake Macrophyte Management Strategy by prioritizing projects, securing funding and allocating resources.”

After a short presentation by representatives from the CLMC, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake Association, and the County Planning & Economic Development Department, HSE presented recommendations to the attendees regarding the governance structure of the Alliance. The session concluded with an opportunity for attendees to provide input, ask questions and provide alternatives to the recommended structure.

Future progress, including a public meeting to be held this summer, will be widely publicized.

Any comments or questions regarding this project should be addressed to Mark Geise, deputy director, Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, at geisem@co.chautauqua.ny.us or 661-8912.