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

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 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.  

Hands On Jamestown Volunteer Clean-up Day – May 21

On Saturday, May 21 Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is having their annual Hands On Jamestown volunteer clean-up day. They are looking for someone to help clean the Chadakoin River downtown in front of the Warner Dam as part of this event.  Coffee, donuts, and water for our volunteers as well as gloves and garbage bags will be provided.  For more information, see the two websites below:

http://jamestownrenaissance.org/handsonjamestown/ and

https://www.facebook.com/events/1376947938985648/

Information provided by:
Edwin Rodriguez Jr.
Events and Marketing Associate
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
119-121 West Third St
Jamestown, NY 14701
716.664.2477 ext 226
www.JamestownRenaissance.org

Warren Gives May 18th, 2016!

Fourth Annual Online Giving Campaign!

The Community Foundation of Warren County (CFWC) started an online giving campaign in 2013.  It was a big success in 2013 and has grown since then.  CFWC wanted to find a way to help the many, small but vital non-profits in Warren County.  Taking a page from some other cities that have held similar events, they started “Warren Gives.”  This is a one day online donation website to make it easy, fast and secure for donors to support all their favorite organizations.warrengiveslogo_print_2016-300x139

This year the date is Wed. May 18th, from 6 am to 10 pm EST.  Just to go on www.warrengives.org and donate.  You can use a computer, tablet or smart phone.  You must use a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card to donate.  Minimum donation to any single organization is $10, but you can donate as much as you like and to as many organizations as you like.  You can donate to multiple groups in just a few minutes.

Conewango Creek Watershed Association’s goal is to raise $3000 this year through Warren Gives.  Spread the word to all your family, friends and neighbors! We’ll keep you posted on how we are doing as the day progresses.

There are $35,000 in matching funds making this a great opportunity.  Every organization will get a share of the match pool dollars proportional to the percentage of donations received. Match dollars make your donation go even farther!

2016 Match Sponsors
Community Foundation
Betts Foundation
Blair Corporation
DeFrees Family Memorial Fund
Northwest Charitable Trust
Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund

All donations and matching funds go to the organization(s) you donated to.  The Community Foundation is assuming all the costs associated with the website, bookkeeping, etc.  That makes it a TRIPLE fantastic deal!  So get this date on your calendar!  You also have the option of having the Community Foundation Warren Gives Website send you reminder emails so you don’t forget.  To sign up for email reminders or to learn more, go to www.warrengives.org.

You can find out more about the Community Foundation at their website:  http://communityfoundationofwarrencounty.org/.

Need help using the site?  CCWA volunteers will be at the new Conservation District Center at the corner of Conewango Ave and Hatch Run Rd from 2:30 to 6:30 pm to help folks donate by computer, tablet or smart phone.  Anyone is welcome to come in for assistance!

Thank You Community Foundation of Warren County and Match Donors!!!!