Pictured above, panelists of the Western New York Regional Harmful Algal Bloom Summit.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.:--Chautauqua Lake was well represented at the Western New York Regional Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Summit in Rochester on March 26. County Executive George Borrello, County Legislator Pierre Chagnon, Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria, Soil & Water Conservation District Field Manager Dave Spann, and Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy attended the 12-hour session on behalf of Chautauqua County. They were joined by Erin Brickley from the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance; Doug Conroe from the Chautauqua Lake Association; John Jablonski and Claire Quadri from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy; Jane Conroe from the Audubon Community Nature Center; and Jim Wehrfritz, Paul Johnson and Tom Erlandson from the Chautauqua Lake Partnership.
“HABs are at a crisis level in many lakes throughout our region, including Chautauqua Lake,” said Borrello. “We are pleased that Governor Cuomo included Chautauqua Lake in his $65 million HABs Initiative as one of twelve priority lakes in New York State. All of the lakes included in the initiative are public water supplies and are incredibly important to their local economies.”
Chagnon, whose Legislative District includes a large portion of Chautauqua Lake, said, “The credentials of the panelists’ were impressive. It is rare to see the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Agriculture & Markets and the Department of Health, along with academics and researchers from across the country at one table. There was a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that was brought together to help resolve Chautauqua Lake’s HABs problems.”
“There was a lot of information presented by the panelists,” said McCoy. “The impacts of phosphorous, nitrogen, stratification, invasive species and climate change are different in each lake, so each lake must have a unique Action Plan for HABs. The goal of the effort is to develop a plan for implementation of measures that are environmentally safe, cost-effective and provide long lasting mitigation of HABs.”