Chautauqua Lake Cleanup Report

Chautauqua Lake Cleanup 2017

The Chautauqua Lake Cleanup was held on Saturday, May 21 from 8 am to 2:30pm.  There were 43 volunteers who collected 61 tires, 20 cubic yards of trash and 1040 pounds mixed metals.  This third annual cleanup was co-hosted by Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA), Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Chautauqua Co. Soil and Water Conservation District and Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance.  The Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association provided their property as the main staging area.  They also provided coffee, doughnuts and a hot dog and hamburger lunch to the volunteers as a small thank you for their efforts.  All the hosts want to thank the volunteers and sponsors for supporting this effort.

Platinum Sponsors were Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), Rock of WNY, and the Main Landing Restaurant.  The CLA participated for the first time this year and provided 2 barges, 2 dump trucks, the weed harvester and staff to operate the equipment.   The barges and trucks helped us get a lot of stuff out of the Lake and transport it to our staging area at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association.  Rock which participated for the second time, provided their barge with the crane.  It was instrumental in getting some very large and heavy stuff out of the lake.

Other sponsors were Gold Sponsors:  Evergreen Outfitters, United Refining Co, and Conewango Township. Bestway Container Solutions, Silver Sponsors included:  Great Lakes Tree Services, Inc, Cochran & Zandi Lumber, Inc, and Stiffler & McGraw.   Bronze Sponsors included:  Superior Tire and Rubber Co, Donald E Lewis Funeral Home, Whirly Drink Works, Betts Industries, Warren Industrial Solutions and Voty Insurance Agency.

Sue Nielsen, board member for CCWA stated “We got some very productive volunteers both on-land and on-water.  But we needed more people on the water.  We had plenty of canoes.   We were working in areas where the bigger boats couldn’t go so we had to collect the trash and move it out to an area where the barges could pick up the trash and tires. We needed more hands to help.  We got a lot of tires and trash, but there’s still a lot out there.”

“Of course, we need to thank Chautauqua County for registering our event as an Earth Day event and disposing of the trash and tires at no cost to us.  That is a critical element to any cleanup, the cost of disposal,” said Elizabeth Dropp, also a board member of CCWA.

On-land volunteers cleaned Celoron/ Lucille Ball Park, McCrea Point Park, the ball fields just off Jones and Gifford road as well as along Jones and Gifford Road itself. See photos below.

ROCK of WNY Supplied a barge and operator for the day

Allegheny River – 2017 River of the Year Update

Details about the River of the Celebrations Announced

Penn Soil RC&D is beginning to add information to their web page about the upcoming River of the Year activities.  Go to to learn more.

Sponsorship Materials information and application can be found there.  Don’t miss out on Supporting this Western PA and New York State celebration

Mini-Grant Program – Penn Soil is offering a min-grant program with grants up to $500 to others fund their own River of the Year Events.  See the web page for full details and application.

A Calendar of Event is being developed.  If you have event to add contact Penn Soil thru the website or call Wes Ramsey at 814-726-1441


WPC Brokenstraw Project Update

Thank you to all who came out this week! Your hard work continues to amaze me. To date, we’ve installed over 2200 feet of soil bioengineering techniques along Brokenstraw Creek and its tributaries. If it was just me I’d still be out there snipping and hammering trying to get the first 1000’ installed. We truly appreciate your help!

We finished two of the three sites we worked on this week. I honestly thought we’d still be working on the second site next week, but it’s finished and we’ve got just a bit to finish on the third. If the rains aren’t too severe this weekend, we plan to meet at the Country Fair in Youngsville at 8:30 am on Tuesday, April 18th. I’ll be on the Napa side in the blue Nissan Frontier, loaded with our equipment and tools. I anticipate finishing this site on Tuesday, so this will be the last opportunity for SBE this spring with us. We will have the riparian planting on May 9th in the Columbus area, if you’d still like to volunteer but can’t make it out for this Tuesday.

As before, if you are planning to come, please let me know. That way if there is a last minute cancellation or change in plans, I can notify you.

What to bring:

Attire: Dress for the weather, in layers. This is northwest PA in April, so we can expect varying conditions. An extra change of clothes may be advisable to keep in your vehicle, in case you get wet. I’ll be wearing chest waders, and if you have chest or hip waders they’d come in handy. I wear a lightweight pair of hunting chaps over my waders to protect against sticks and briars, but that’s just personal preference. If no waders are available, a waterproof pair of knee-high rubber boots or hikers will be fine. We will be working in and around streams, but if no waterproof option is accessible to you, there are other jobs to be done “in the dry.”

Food: We’ll take a break around noon or so for lunch. Please pack or purchase beforehand. There’s not much around our sites, a Subway and a Dairy Queen are the nearest “quick” places out on the main highway though.

Medical Supplies: We have a basic first aid kit. Please bring any epi-pens or etc. that you may need.

Tools: Hand pruners, loppers, a sharp knife, small limb saw, rubber mallet/deadblow hammer, a steel mallet and 1-2 pick mattocks are pretty much all the tools we’ll need. We have several sets of loppers, pruners, and hammers to loan out, but if you have your own of these or any of the other tools you are willing to bring, the more the merrier. Work gloves are also strongly recommended. We’ve got some cotton ones to give out, but if you like leather or a different type, please bring them.

I think that about covers it. If you plan to attend Tuesday (or the Riparian Planting May 9th), please let me know. Any questions, feel free to give me a call or email. I’ll be out of the office Monday but will check email in the afternoon. My contact information is below.

Thank you,

Luke Bobnar

Watershed Technician, Upper Allegheny & Lake Erie

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Watershed Conservation Program

Allegheny Regional Office

159 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

Phone: (814) 776-1114

(Mon.,Weds., Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

(Tues., Thurs. 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Fax: (814) 776-1118


Registration Open for Chautauqua Lake Cleanup

Chautauqua Lake Cleanup is scheduled for Sat. May 20.  Volunteer check-in and check-out will occur at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association in Celoron, NY.  Preregistration is required.  Click HERE to register now!

This is the third Annual Chautauqua Lake Cleanup.  Come join us in cleaning up the Lake.  Volunteer check-in will begin at 8 am.  The cleanup will run from Approximately 8 am thru 3 pm.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided in the am and a hot dog lunch will be provided at 1 pm by the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association.

Go to the 2017 Activities Tab  towards the top of the page for more details.

Support CCWA Online May 17th, 2017

Support Conewango Creek Watershed on May 17!

Support CCWA on May 17!!

Conewango Creek Watershed Association(CCWA) is happy to announce that it once again will be included in the supported nonprofits in the “Warren Gives” online donation campaign to be held May 17, 2017 from 6 AM to 10 pm.  This is an important source of funding for CCWA which is a nearly all-volunteer organization.

This special Warren County online fund raising event involves sixteen hours of online giving with goals to raise awareness and appreciation for Warren County non-profits and to Continue reading “Support CCWA Online May 17th, 2017”