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

 

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.  

Poker Run Early Registration Deadline Extended

Bring your registrations into the office or call us to let us know you have mailed it.

The early registration for our Second Annual Conewango Creek Kayak and Canoe Poker Run has been extended to Friday, May 20 at 5 pm.  Since our move, our mail has been significantly delayed.  Right now it’s taking our mail 2 weeks to arrive even when it’s mailed in Warren.  So we have extended the deadline to help.  We are also asking that people to either drop the registrations off in person or call and let us know that you are mailing it.  Be sure to give us t-shirt size(s) so we can get them ordered.   Only early registrations received by 5pm on May 20th are guaranteed a t-shirt.  After May 20 the registration fee goes up to $30 for non-members and $25 for members and a shirt cannot be guaranteed.  A few extras shirts will be ordered and will be given out on a first-come first-served basis.  After May 27th bring the registrations to the event on June 11 instead of mailing them.  If you have any questions, email us at info@conewangocreek.org or call us at 814-726-1441.  Thanks for your cooperation and patience!!

Warren Outdoor Show Jan 9 & 10

Happy New Year!

Come visit our table at the annual Warren Outdoor Show at the Warren Mall this weekend, Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10AM to 6PM! We will have raffle tickets for sale for a brand new Kayak Package. We will also have our 2016 Calendars for a donation of $10 each (hey it’s only January, so pick one up this weekend!). And we also have lots of FREE Commemorative River of the Year Posters for anyone who stops by too. Finally, we also will have information on our upcoming 2016 Poker Run, so come by our table at the Warren Outdoor Show this weekend! See you there!

River of the Year Gala Update

Register quickly and easily online for the Gala at  Online Registation

As a wrap up of our 2015 River of the Year celebration, The Conewango Creek Watershed Association is hosting a year-end Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Jackson Valley Golf Club on Rt. 69 between North Warren and Sugar Grove.  This is our last celebration event of the River of the Year events.

The Gala will start with a happy hour starting at 5:30 pm (cash bar) followed by a dinner served, buffet-style at 6:30 pm. The main course will be a “Low Country Boil” with potatoes, corn, shrimp, and sausage with spices. The price will be $21.50 per person including coffee, soft drinks, tax and gratuity. An alternate meal for those with allergies or other needs will be provided on a limited basis.  RSVP by 3 PM, Monday, October 19!

After dinner our featured speaker, Robin Foster, PhD candidate from SUNY at Buffalo, NY will talk about an elusive and intriguing resident of Western New York and Northwest PA: the Eastern Hellbender. The Hellbender is a sign of the general health of a waterway and efforts are underway to to see if these primordial amphibians exist on the Conewango. 

Robin Foster is a PhD Candidate at the University of Buffalo Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior.  After several years as an elementary school teacher, she decided to pursue her passion for wildlife and began a new career in conservation biology.  She obtained both her BA and MA degrees in biology from SUNY Buffalo State.  Robin has been involved with eastern hellbender research and conservation since 2004.  She has spent many hours in the field handling these gentle giants and is passionate about sharing these experiences with others to help spread the word about the importance of these salamanders and their freshwater habitats.

The Hellbender:  Allegheny’s Living Fossil

The Eastern Hellbender is a unique aquatic salamander found only in the eastern United States.  Hellbenders are “living fossils” that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, giving us a glimpse into our ecological past.  In recent years, this iconic species has declined significantly in New York and throughout its entire range.  We will discuss the natural history and conservation of this fascinating species, and learn how we can all aid in its conservation here in the Conewango watershed and throughout the Allegheny region.

We will also have a slide show and videos of highlights of all of our River of the Year activities playing throughout the evening. And the winner of our kayak package will be announced.

This Gala will also serve as our annual member meeting, and the election of directors will take place then. Any member in good standing (dues paid, etc.) may nominate another member in good standing for a director position. Each member in good standing has one vote for election of these positions. We are looking for directors willing to serve, especially from the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties area (New York State portion of our watershed). If you are interested in serving or in nominating someone else, you can do so by making the nomination at the Gala at the time of the election.  A director term lasts 3 years.

If you have questions, you can call 814-726-1441 or email us at info@conewangocreek.org.

If you have not paid your dues for 2015 or know someone who would like to join, dues will be collected at the event or you can renew beforehand. Checks can be mailed to our office or you can renew/join on our website here at www.conewangocreek.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our one-of-a-kind, year-end wrap up event for our River of the Year Celebration.      RSVP by 3 PM Monday October 19!

For more information you can email us through the site or call our office at 814-726-1441.

Sojourn a Success–Up NEXT: Hatch Fun Geocaching Aug 1, 2015

The Conewango Creek River of the Year Sojourn was a success and people commented how much they enjoyed this educational group paddle trip. Thank you State Representative Kathy Rapp for reading and presenting a proclamation naming us River of the Year for 2015! Thank you to our four expert presenters who spoke on a variety of topics along the way:  Tom Erlandson, JCC-retired: Geology of the Conewango Creek Watershed; Nate Welker, USFS: Aquatic Biodiversity of the Conewango Watershed; Cecile Stelter, PA Forest Bureau: Importance of Healthy Diverse Forests to the Conewango Creek Watershed; and Chase Putnam, Warren County Historical Society-retired: Local History of the Conewango Creek Area.

Up Next:

Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demostration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, the Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. This event is open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-08-01
End Time: 17:00

Hatch Fun Geocaching Event

Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which will include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. Open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-08-01
End Time: 17:00