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

 

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”

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.

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

7th Annual River Cleanups September 12-19, 2005

We’re gonna do it again and you can be part of it! Deadline to sign up to volunteer is Friday,September 4th.

The 2015 (7th Annual) Allegheny River/Conewango Creek Clean-up will take place from Saturday, September 12th until Saturday, September 19th, 2015. In celebration of the Conewango Creek being recognized as the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year, we’re planning to spend the first 3 days making our beautiful resource even more spectacular!

If you’re interested in participating in one of Warren’s “extreme cleaning events of the year!” first visit the Conewango Cleanup Page for information on the three days of our portion, including maps and locations.  Then check out the FAQ page for general information, and then head over to the Contact Us page to sign up!  FINALLY, Download the required WAIVER FORMS here:

Please download the necessary waivers, complete them in full and bring them on your scheduled cleanup day(s).

To download the American Canoe Association (ACA) Adult Waiver Click Here.

To download the ACA Minor Waiver click Here.

To download the CCWA Sept Cleanup Waiver click Here.

Volunteers have donated more than 5,800 hours and have removed more than 200 cubic yards of trash over the years. They have pulled out television sets; microwave ovens; lawn chairs; refrigerators; 55-gallon drums, more than 700 tires and have filled many bags of recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.

We look forward to another great time this year!