Gowen to detail shoreline plans at BTG Lake Walk

Landscape architect Dean Gowen will present “A New Vision for the Shoreline of Chautauqua Institution” for tonight’s Lake Walk, which begins  at 6:30 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club in cooperation with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.

Gowen is a registered landscape architect in Buffalo, N.Y., and the former director of park design and restoration for the Buffalo
Olmsted Parks Conservancy.Tonight he will speak about his Sustainable Shoreline Action Plan, a study he completed for Chautauqua Institution that analyzes the impact of runoff and shoreline management practices that might be implemented to diminish erosion and reduce nutrient runoff through several measures, including the addition of native vegetation along the lake shoreline.

Previously, Gowen designed the rain garden and landscaping surrounding Fletcher Music Hall.

Tonight’s walk begins at the covered porch at the Heinz Fitness Center, located on South Lake Drive below the YAC.