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 PennSoil.org 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

 

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.

Cornplanter Chapter of Trout Unlimited Plans Fall Project

Morrison Run In-stream Habitat  Work Scheduled for September 23,2017

Volunteers will meet at the Dollar General/Old Sears Parking Lot at 8:00 a.m. Please mark your calendars and pass this on to anyone who is interested in helping with this project.  More information will be sent out later this year.   This will be the 9th year the Cornplanter Chapter with the help of Warren County Conservation District, US Forest Service and others, have done a fish and aquatic organism habitat restoration project on Morrison Run.  The Restoration Plan still has three devices left to install:  Modified Mud Sill, Channel Block and Log Framed Cross Vane.  Most of the work has been done by volunteers.

“Thank you for the great turnout last year!!! (18 volunteers)  Everyone did Excellent Work.  Fish-On!!!” says Cornplanter Chapter Director Jim Lawson.

 

Allegheny is PA 2017 River of the Year!!!

We finally got the word:  Allegheny is River of the Year for 2017!!  PA DCNR sent out the news release and it hit the local papers Tuesday Jan 10.  Allegheny River got 42% of the total votes. That means the Allegheny got 7515 of the 16700 votes.  This is the highest total votes registered in this contest since the online voting process began.  Penn Soil RC&D Council, the nominating organization, wants to thank everyone who took time to vote and to spread the word to others.  According to Janet Sweeney, Executive Director for Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), the Allegheny had a 1500 vote lead over the second place river, the Brandywine Creek, in Southeast Penn.  Wes Ramsey, Executive Director of Penn Soil Council said that “Whether the Allegheny River won or not, it was a great opportunity to bring attention to our beautiful river and increase awareness of this precious resource!”

Penn Soil will receive a $10,000 grant to run celebration activities during 2017.  The Allegheny River will be featured on a poster which DCNR will print and distribute state wide.Stay tuned for more information on River of the Year activities.  We’ll post additional information as it becomes available.

Allegheny River: River of the Year Update

As of 8 am this morning our lead had dropped to 1.5% over the second place Brandywine Creek.    So the Brandywine supporters have been pouring on the publicity and votes to really challenge us.  So we have renewed our efforts to get the word out and get more votes.  Since then we have regained some of our lead, but I’m sure they will respond in like fashion. So keep up the voting and asking everyone else if they have voted yet.  One vote per legitimate email address.  Deadline Monday Dec. 19th at 5pm.  Thank You!!!

PLEASE VOTE:  Allegheny River for 2017 PA of the Year

 Penn Soil RC&D Council has nominated the Allegheny River for the 2017 PA River of the Year contest.  Allegheny River is one of four finalists.  The winner will be determined by the river or creek that receives the most online votes.  We are asking everyone to go online and vote for the Allegheny River.  Bringing attention and media coverage to our local waterways benefits our whole region.  Everyone who has a legitimate email address can vote: 

How to Vote:

  • Go to pariveroftheyear.org
  • Click on the “Vote” button in the photo banner at top of page. (The photo rotates so you may have to wait a few seconds)
  • On the next page click on “Allegheny River” to select it.
  • Scroll down, enter your email address
  • Click on the button “Enter” to submit your vote
  • That’s it.

Other Information:

  • Anyone can vote: you can be from and vote from anywhere – any state or country
  • Vote from Smartphone, table, or computer
  • You need a legitimate email address
  • For multiple people to vote on the same computer, you may need to clear the cache or the cookies.
  • Penn Soil will receive a $10,000 grant to spend on celebrations and education
  • The River will be featured on a poster to be distributed to the public for free.
  • The section runs from the origin of the river in Potter County, PA to Clarion PA
  • A large section of the river is in southern tier NY – We invite you vote along with us and celebrate along with us, should we win the honor
  • Let’s all work together for the good of our regional water resources!!

 It’s very important to spread the word anyway you can:  social media, news papers, radio, word of mouth, information sheets.

 OK so now let’s make the Allegheny 2017 PA River of the Year!!

8th Annual River Cleanups: Registration NOW OPEN

8th Annual River Cleanups:

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

It’s that time of year again to register for the 8th Annual Allegheny River and Conewango Creek Cleanup!

The cleanup schedule is Saturday September 10 through Saturday September 17, 2016.  Volunteers are needed on land, on water, and in various capacities.  Volunteers are needed to register people, log people on/off the water, document trash found, drive trucks, haul trailers, unload & sort trash, paddle a canoe to pick up trash, walk the shorelines to pick up trash, shuttle people and boats, and many other duties.  

For a complete schedule and to register go to www.alleghenyrivercleanup.com.  Please note: waivers are required and may be downloaded from that website too.  

We are also seeking new organizers and planners for next year’s cleanup.  That’s right, as soon as this cleanup is finished, we move into planning for next year.  If you have always wanted to make a difference and put your planning and organizing skills to work for an excellent cause, our cleanup committee NEEDS YOU!  Please call the office at 814-726-1441 or send an email to info@conewangocreek.org to share your ideas about how you can help.