CWC To Hold Annual Meeting Sunday

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will hold its annual meeting and dinner celebration on Sunday at Webb’s Captains Table in Mayville.

This year’s featured speaker will be David Owen Brown, an underwater filmmaker and photographer with degrees from Cornell University and the Brooks Institute of Photography. Brown works worldwide as a producer, videographer, photographer and lecturer specializing in marine and aquatic wildlife and issues. His work has aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television. His award-winning photography has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications, including imagery for the Smithsonian’s Ocean Planet and Ocean Hall, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Water display. He has authored a variety of articles, two children’s books and served as a consultant for National Geographic’s “The World’s Wild Shores.”

Brown spent seven years as a member of the Cousteau team, where he participated in filming expeditions with the vessels Calypso and Alcyone, exploring above and below water environments from Papua New Guinea to Alaska. Afterwards, he began Passage Productions, a documentary film company and stock house. He conceived and produced the first live underwater interactive broadcast from underwater onto the Internet and has created cutting-edge interactive programming for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuary Program, GTE and a variety of other clients.

CWC members, municipal officials and the general public are invited to attend the annual meeting at a cost of $45 per person for a buffet-style dinner. A welcoming reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 5:30. In addition to a presentation by Brown, John Jablonski III, conservancy executive director, will also provide an update on CWC’s lakeshore buffer, stream erosion control and watershed conservation projects.

Reservations are required by the end of day on Wednesday. To make a reservation, mail a check (made payable to the CWC) to the Conservancy at 413 North Main St., Jamestown, NY, 14701 or call 664-2166 or visit www.chautauquawatershed.org to pay by credit card.