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.


A Woodland Workshop That’s for the Birds

Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View

The Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture and Forest Service have been working with partners (American Bird Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, PA Game Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource) to organize a free, two-day workshop at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in June (9-10) for forest landowners: Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View.

Workshop Dates:

June 9th:  11:00am-5:30pm

June 10th:  9:00am-5:00pm

Workshop Location:
Mukaiyama University Room
Frame-Westerberg Commons,
University of Pitt-Bradford
Bradford, PA
No registration fee and free lunches provided each day

To see the flyer click HERE.

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Regenerate your soils, increase your profits, and improve your streams! Attend the upcoming workshop featuring Gabe Brown and Bernard Sweeney on March 19, 2015 (8:30-3:00) at the Wysox Fire Hall in Towanda, PA:

**Gabe Brown & his family operate a 5,000 acre diversified operation near Bismarck, ND, that includes crops, pasture, and beef cattle. Gabe will discuss how his operation regenerated the soils and farm resources using a systematic approach which includes no-till, diverse crop rotations, multi-species cover crops, and grazing. According to Gabe & his family, “these strategies have allowed the health of the soil, the mineral and water cycles to greatly improve. In other words, the natural resources have benefited. This results in increased production, profit and a higher quality of life.”

**Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Director of Stroud Water Research Center, will provide a different perspective of your stream and the life within it- What can your stream do for you if given the opportunity?

Please forward this email to any interested parties.

**RSVP to Emily Dekar at the Bradford County Conservation District or 570-265-5539 ext 117

Registration Fee includes a Hot Lunch! Early Bird is $5.00 before March 6th or $10.00 after March 6th

For more information see this Brochure.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

In case you hadn’t heard, the week of Feb 22-28 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.  To learn more about invasive species you can check out these websites and participate in several online webinars.

Links are here:

2.  Invasive Species webinars:

3.  Other IS webinars:

Single Water Chestnut Plant
Single Water Chestnut Plant

Fall 2014 Creek and River Cleanups Announced

Conewango Creek and Allegheny River Cleanups

Schedule:  We have been planning for this year’s Conewango Creek Cleanups.  That’s right:  plural: cleanups.  We will be running TWO Cleanups on the Conewango Creek this fall.  One will be on Saturday, Sept. 6th and the other on Monday, Sept. 8th.  Get those dates on your calendar!!

The Conewango Creek is part of the upper Allegheny River watershed.  In other words, the Conewango flows into the Allegheny River so anything we remove from the Conewango won’t make it to the Allegheny!  CCWA is a member of the Allegheny River Cleanup Committee that plans and coordinates the week of cleanup activities every September.  The schedule for the rest of the week is:  We are tentatively cleaning a section of the Brokenstraw Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 9. (Watch for further details to be announced.) On Friday, Sept. 12 the stretch of the Allegheny from Allegheny Outfitters Livery to Betts Park will be cleaned and on Saturday, Sept. 13 the section from Betts Park to the Buckaloons Campground will be done.

Registration:  All volunteers (including volunteers for the Conewango days) should visit the Allegheny River Cleanup to register and get additional information.  Click Allegheny River Cleanup to go to the website now.   When you register, please tell us what day(s) you want to volunteer, specify whether you want to be on the water or stay on land and if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak. If you supply your own boat, you will be responsible for transport of your own boat.  If you are not on the internet, you can call the CCWA Office at 814-726-1441 and leave the same information.  Canoes are limited and will be filled on a first come-first served basis. We also have a need for people to help with in land jobs such as pickup and transport of tires, trash, etc.

 Preparation:  All Volunteers should wear long sleeves and pants and sturdy closed shoes.  Bring your sunscreen, bug juice, cell phone, hat and a rain coat if rain looks likely.  We will supply gloves, bags, buckets etc.  Any cleanup may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather or creek/river conditions.

As more details are worked out, we will provide them here, so check back in the future.  Thanks for caring about keeping our home clean!