Water that flows through a watershed flows over lawns, fields and developed lands. That means that every property owner within the Chautauqua region has the potential to have an impact on the water quality of streams, rivers, lakes and drinking water supplies in their watershed. For that reason, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy educates property owners within the Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie watersheds in Chautauqua County on the steps they can take to improve water quality in our local waterways and on the larger watersheds they feed. We also work with property owners to improve for their yards, fields and commercial properties to improve Chautauqua’s waters.
Some of the ways in which property owners in Chautauqua County can improve our waterways include:
- Improving yard-care practices to reduce nutrient runoff to our lakes,
- Planting rain gardens and waterfront buffers,
- Planting native species, and
- Removing invasive species.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy offers free consultations to property owners who wish to improve their yards to improve their watershed.