The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Board of Directors unanimously approved the signing of the Chautauqua Lake Consensus Strategy Memorandum of Agreement by board president Linda Barber.
In its motion, the CWC board lauded the MOA as way to bring about a collaborative, science-based approach to improving the health of the lake, and to ensure that any herbicide treatments carried out within the lake are performed in a targeted manner that reduces the adverse impacts of herbicides on the ecologic health. The CWC also recognized that the MOA serves as a first step in creating a comprehensive plan of action for the lake.
The CWC board also expressed its hopes to see a formal recognition in the future of the importance of the lake’s ecology by the county and a recognition that all aquatic plants are not weeds and not invasive, and that aquatic plants play an important role in providing habitat and food to local wildlife. Additionally, the CWC board said that as the county’s collaborative plan moves forward, they would hope to see a focus on the health of the watershed and the role the watershed plays in the health of the lake.
Meanwhile, the CWC will continue to work toward its mission of preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of Chautauqua County by focusing on conserving lands within the watersheds that play a critical role in water quality, by encouraging best land management practices and by educating the public on the steps they can take in their own yards to improve the health of Chautauqua County’s waterways.