CCWA Holds Annual Meeting
Conewango Creek Watershed Association held its Annual Meeting at 7pm Tuesday Nov. 5, at the Jamestown Audubon Center. The meeting began with an overview of the year’s activities given by Chairman Kim Sherwood. Member and Director Kirk Johnson gave an update on a Leadership Warren County project he and his fellow “Leadership” classmates have been working on. One of their projects was a Kiosk project to place three informational kiosks along the PA portion of the Conewango Creek that would inform the public about the Watershed and the Creek. This presentation was followed by Jean Gomory from the Warren Co. Conservation District presenting information about an invasive aquatic weed new to Warren Co. She gave background and history about the new invasive called “Water Chestnut.”
A brief business meeting was also held which included an election of directors. Jeff Diers from Cattaraugus County was elected to his first term. Jeff is currently the Watershed Coordinator for Chautauqua Co. Dept. of Planning and Economic Development. Elizabeth Dropp from Warren County was re-elected for her fourth term. Elizabeth has been serving as the CCWA treasurer and serves on several committees. She also works part time as an agricultural consultant. All directors are volunteers and are not paid for their work on the board. There are several director positions open if anyone has an interest in serving, contact their office using the contact information shown below.
The Volunteer of the Year was Sue Nielsen. The main speaker was David Yoxtheimer, P.G. from Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. His topic was “Water Resource Management for Shale Energy Development.”
The Conewango Creek Watershed Association is a not-for-profit, IRS designated 501 c 3 organization. The board consists of 9 to 12 directors. Terms are staggered to provide continuity of programs. The group can be contacted by calling 814-726-1441 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find additional facts and membership information on their website at www.conewangocreek.org. Memberships are a main income for CCWA programs and projects. Donations can be made and memberships can be purchased on the website with major credit cards or a PayPal account.
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Water Chestnut Invasion at Audubon Sanctuary
Please Help Us keep It from Spreading!!
There is a new invasive aquatic weed in the Conewango Creek watershed: Water Chestnut.
Water Chestnut is a rooted, aquatic plant with both floating and submersed leaves. The floating leaves form a rosette and are green, glossy and triangular with toothed edges. The submersed leaves are feathery, and are found whorled around the stem. Plant stems are cord-like and can attain lengths of up to 16 feet. Water chestnut is an annual plant, overwintering entirely by seed. In July the plant begins to produce seeds (called nuts) with 4 sharp spines. Mature seeds are green to greenish brown and sink to the bottom. Seeds may remain alive in the sediment for up to 12 years! Floating black nuts will not sprout. (Please note: this plant species is not the same as the “water chestnut” used in Asian cooking.)
Since Audubon Sanctuary is currently the only know infestation in the Conewango Watershed, a plan has been developed to eradicate it before it spreads to any other place in the watershed. A series of plant “Pulls” are scheduled. Volunteers will manually remove all the plants they can before that go to seed. Each plant produces a dark nut or nutlet underneath. The object is to prevent the plants from seeding and pulling them out entirely. Since the nuts can remain alive and able to grow for up to 12 years, preventing further seed from forming is a priority. CCWA fully supports Audubons efforts to eradicate this weed.
CCWA Members on Call
CCWA members are coming together as a group to show support and solidariety for Audubon in this effort. It’s going to take a lot of effort, but in helping control the weeds at Audubon we hope to stop or at least slow the spread of this aggressive weed throughout the Conewango watershed.
CCWA Member Pulls are scheduled:
Wednesday 24th and, Wednesday 31st from 5-8pm at Audubon. The conditions are changing a bit on the pond based on rainfall and plant growth so flexibility will be needed. But you can count on close toed shoes and long pants. Perhaps muck boots, waders and lifejackets.
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Water Chestnut Eradication Efforts at Jamestown Audubon
– The Challenge Begins!
The Jamestown Audubon Society (JAS) and the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development (CCPED) are taking on a major effort to minimize the spread of Water Chestnut, an invasive, non native aquatic plant that has taken a foothold in the Big Pond at the Audubon sanctuary on Riverside Road, in the Town of Kiantone. The ponds and lakes of Chautauqua County are threatened if it spreads. During the winter, Audubon’s Land Use Management Committee developed a plan, but did not have the personnel to successfully launch it. County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) funding, and a grant from Audubon New York, made it possible to hire a Water Chestnut Specialist, Amy Noga, to undertake this extensive project.
According to Ruth Lundin, JAS president, “This is a project different from anything we have researched. We are working to control this plant using a series of measures that have not been tried on such a scale, including lowering the water level of Big Pond. Our goal is that no Water Chestnut flowers set seed this year.”
Starting June 15th, Jamestown Audubon will be having a series of “Chestnut pulling” days. It is a huge undertaking, requiring scores of volunteers. Audubon is calling upon anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County to participate, and consider putting together a team that will “adopt” an area of Big Pond to keep it clear of Water Chestnut.
Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, is working with JAS in this effort. “This is important to all the area waterways, so we need to launch an effort similar to that accomplished last year when we found Water Chestnuts in Chautauqua Lake. We are hoping service clubs, church groups, youth groups, and families will commit to working 3 or 4 times over the summer on designated areas to pull out any flowering Water Chestnuts,” said Diers.
The first pull will be June 15th from 8 am to noon. It will start with an orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut and will end with a lunch where everyone will report back with their results.
There will also be training on Sunday June 9th at 3 pm and Monday June 10th at 6:30 pm to learn more about the effort and how to be a team leader. Ms. Lundin and Ms. Noga will be available to speak to any groups wanting more information or to sign up by calling Jamestown Audubon at 716
?569?2345 or e?mail to email@example.com. Reservations are needed so that we have enough tools and food. William J. Daly, Director Gregory J. Edwards, County Executive firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
“We are very excited to have a Water Chestnut Specialist to lead this effort,” Diers stated. “Amy has worked as an Environmental Educator and Naturalist Guide at Allegany State Park and Pfeiffer Nature Center in addition to teaching and developing several college courses in the natural sciences. She enjoys educating people of all ages about the importance of conservation of species and the natural environment in hopes of making science relatable to all people and has particular interest in bringing volunteers and other groups of people together to work toward solutions for topics of common environmental concern. “
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Warren County Conservation District Offers Volunteer Training
Do you like working with kids? Do you want to learn more about nature? The Warren County Conservation District (WCCD) plans to hold a Teacher Naturalist training in the spring of 2013. The sessions will run from and consist of in-class and outdoor sessions. Session topics will include agriculture, soils, forestry, and water / wildlife. Dates and times to be determined. Now don’t let the term “teacher naturalist” throw you. You don’t have to be a teacher to participate, nor do you need a degree in environmental studies. All you need is a love of learning, nature, and a desire to inspire our young ones to learn about, and take care of, this marvelous planet that is our home.
Volunteers who complete this training are expected to be available for a couple days of summer conservation camps held the second and third weeks of July. There is also an opportunity to learn some in-class education programs available to local schools. (Learning and participating in class programs is not mandatory.) People from New York State are welcome but the training will be Warren, PA and you need to volunteer at the WCCD summer youth camps.
If you would like to participate in this worthwhile volunteer program contact Jean at 814-726-1441 to sign up. Registration is required and a minimum of 10 participants is needed for us to hold the program.
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Goal of $100,000 surpassed!
The Warren Gives campaign goal was to raise $100,000 total for the the entire campaign. They surpassed that goal!! They raised $121,194 and with the matching $25,000 the total is $146,194!!! Overall results for the giving event are show below. The top ten organizations by the amount of dollars raised are listed. Also the top ten organizations by the number of donations are also shown. When we get our results, we will let you know.
We haven’t heard what the results for CCWA is, but the general Preliminary Results of the Warren Gives Campaign are:
|Total Donations with Match of $25,000||$146,194|
|Total number of donations||1,327|
|Struthers Library Theatre – Largest amount raised||$14,385|
|Paws Along the River – Largest number of donations||89|
|The largest donation||$4,000|
|Most donations by one donor||38|
|All 85 recipients received at least one gift.||Yes|
|Average per donor||$198.68|
|Average # gifts per donor||2.18|
|Organization||Total with Match||Average
|Struthers Library Theatre||$17,354.80||$173.31|
|House of Hope of Warren County||$9,856.71||$154.15|
|Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America||$8,433.09||$142.65|
|Paws Along the River Humane Society||$6,834.55||$63.65|
|Warren Public Library||$6,671.67||$73.73|
|The Salvation Army of Warren||$4,735.32||$178.41|
|Warren County YMCA||$4,675.00||$117.42|
|Russell United Methodist Church||$4,524.19||$375.00|
|First Presbyterian Church||$4,192.42||$102.21|
|Organization||Number of Gifts|
|Paws Along the River Humane Society||89|
|Struthers Library Theatre||83|
|Warren Public Library||75|
|House of Hope of Warren County||53|
|Hospice of Warren County||53|
|Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America||49|
|CASA of Warren and Forest Counties||37|
|First Presbyterian Church||34|
|Warren County YMCA||33|
|Warren Athletics Fund||31|
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Title: Warren County Outdoor Show
Location: Old Warren Mall -Market Street Extension
Description: We will be participating the Warren County Outdoor Show. Stop by and see us!!
Start Date: 2012-01-12
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2013-01-13
End Time: 17:00
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A message from the Chaut. Co. Watershed Coordinator, Jeff Diers:
This message was sent out to Chautauqua Lake stakeholders several weeks ago. To ensure that everyone is aware of this important meeting I am re-sending the Public Notice information. The public notice is attached as a word document, as well as printed at the bottom of this email.
This email and associated content should be distributed, by you, to your various boards, committees, members, and contacts. The legal notice has been posted in the local papers as required by law. In addition to these efforts, the Post Journal should be running an article regarding this important meeting over the weekend.
I thank you in advance for distributing this information to your various stakeholders.
Sincerely,Jeff Diers, MS. Watershed Coordinator Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development 200 Harrison Street Jamestown, NY 14701 716.661.8915 www.planningchautauqua.com
SAV Management Plan Scoping Document
This notice has been prepared and is provided in accordance with article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law. The County of Chautauqua (County), as Lead Agency, pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act is evaluating a proposed project (Action), which as described below, consists of the development and implementation of a Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (SAVMP) for Chautauqua Lake.
The development and implementation of the SAVMP will be a multi-phased project that will consist of (1) identifying the problems to be addressed through a SAVMP for Chautauqua Lake; (2) collecting technical baseline information to define the existing condition of the water quality and biological resources; (3) mapping the watershed and the littoral zone and collecting data through a bathymetric survey; (4) completing a beneficial use study; (5) mapping and identifying submergent and emergent aquatic plants; (6) identifying possible management alternatives and assessing feasibility; (7) developing an implementation plan with monitoring controls; and (8) completing community outreach activities including organizing and holding public meetings throughout the process to collect information and community opinions.
The County, as Lead Agency has determined that the Action may have a significant adverse impact upon the environment and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared. The County has also determined that a Draft Scoping document should be prepared prior to the EIS. Copies of the Draft Scope are currently available at the County of Chautauqua Department of Planning and Economic Development office in Jamestown New York and on-line at: http://www.planningchautauqua.com/?q=watershed/2process_pastawards.htm
A public meeting to collect comments on the Draft Scope will be held on December 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm at the Hewes BOCES Center at 2615 North Maple Street (Route 394), Ashville, New York 14710. Written public comments will be accepted until January 12, 2013.
Lead Agency: County of Chautauqua, 3 North Erie Street, Mayville, New York 14757
For more information contact:
Mark Geise, Deputy Director
Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development
200 Harrison Street
Jamestown, New York 14701