It's already been a busy year for the Chautauqua Lake Association.
In June, the CLA spent about 10 days to ready the lake for boaters by clearing tons of trees, stumps and other debris from the lake after a series of heavy spring rainstorms. Weed harvesting, which is more than a full-time operation, had to stop for 10 days so CLA crews could clean up the mess.
Weed harvesting has resumed, and CLA officials have good news to report. Increased support from businesses and individuals has left the agency with more than $150,000 in contributions that will be used to have three full crews harvesting weeds this summer. Additionally, the CLA will have a fourth crew available on a pay-as-you-go basis working in the Chautauqua Institution area three days a week. Communities who see a weed problem developing can pay to use the fourth CLA crew the other two days of the week.
"We're going to do a lot this year," Doug Conroe, CLA president, said to CLA members during the organization's annual meeting on Monday. "And it's because of your membership and your support that we're able to do these things."
It's impossible to overstate the importance of Chautauqua Lake to the Chautauqua County economy. Equally important is the vital work by groups like the Chautauqua Lake Association. If the Chautauqua Lake Association has its way, it will be a wonderful summer on Chautauqua Lake - weather permitting, of course.