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What Are These “Weeds”?

Posted by on May 14, 2019

Many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake; its nutrient-rich sediments provide a fertile growing bed for vegetation. Some of these plants are native to our area and provide critical ecological and environmental benefits, while others were introduced from distant locales and have been negatively impacting the ecological function, recreational and economic value of Chautauqua Lake.  Surprisingly, some of the most prevalent invasives have been with us for decades already, while a steady stream of nearby or newly arriving species poses additional challenges to the future health of the lake.  Like so many lakes in our region, Chautauqua Lake faces its share of invasive species challenges. To the dismay of many boaters, fishermen and landowners, at times these “weeds” form thick mats and create a tangled mess along the shores and in favorite boating or fishing spots throughout the lake.

This summer, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), in partnership with the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, the County of Chautauqua, and Evergreen Outfitters in Mayville, will be offering a series of public programs and volunteer opportunities focused on Chautauqua Lake’s “weeds”. Through these programs, you can learn how to differentiate the beneficial, native aquatic plant species from the invasive, problematic species, learn what we as individuals and as communities can do to prevent their spread, and participate in volunteer monitoring efforts aimed at detecting new invasive species before they become established.

Full Program Schedule; Please click on the date for details.

May 31st 2019 – 12:00pm-3:00pm;
Citizen Scientist Volunteer Field Survey at Carlson Community Center Hall, Lakeside Park, Mayville, NY.

June 11th, 2019 – 6:00pm-7:00pm;
Information Session at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY.

June 16th, 2019 – 1:00-5:00pm;
Citizen Scientist Volunteer Field Survey at Village Casino, Bemus Point, NY.

July 9th, 2019 – 6:00-7:00pm;
Information Session at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY.

July 12th, 2019 – 9:00am-3:00pm;
Citizen Scientist Volunteer Field Training at Turner Community Center, Chautauqua, NY.

August 6th, 2019 – 7:00-8:00pm;
Information Session at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY.

August 10th, 2019 – 9:00am-1:00pm;
Citizen Scientist Volunteer Field Survey at McCrea Point, Jamestown, NY.

September 17th, 2019 – 6:00-7:00pm;
Information Session at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY.

This project is a collaboration between the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.  Funding was provided through a local grant from the newly formed Alliance Comprehensive Project Prioritization & Local Foundation Partnership Grant Program.

Please contact Melanie Smith at 716-665-2473 ext 221 or msmithATrtpi.org for more information.