Chautauqua Institution co-founder Lewis Miller was ahead of his time, particularly when it came to sewage. Concerned about waterborne pathogens, Miller mandated that all homes in Chautauqua connect to a sewer system in 1893, making the Institution the first completely sewered community in the U.S.
BRIA GRANVILLE | Staff Photographer At top, sunset over the north basin of Chautauqua Lake. Above, lake advocates Doug and…
For several years, Chautauqua County, the Institution, local civic and tourist development boards, and various lake conservation groups and coalitions have been struggling against the rising tide of weeds, pollution and the seemingly inexorable death march of Chautauqua Lake.
After 39 years of teaching kindergarten and college students, Dave Anderson was ready to grab his tackle box, hang a “Gone Fishin’” sign on his door and spend some quality time on the creek.
At 12:15 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Athenaeum Hotel, the 2014 BTG Life Member Luncheon will honor Addie Mae Smith Wilkes and the building she donated to her favorite Chautauqua club.
In the forests and fields of Western New York, pools of rainwater ripple with the growth of pollywogs, salamanders and insect larvae. These mud puddles, known to the scientific community as vernal pools, serve as an important habitat for the emergence of warm weather creatures.
“Is there a view of the lake through the trees?” is the topic for today’s Lake Walk. Meet Rick Constantino at 6:30 p.m. at the Heinz Fitness Center on South Lake Drive, below the Youth Activities Center.
At 6:30 p.m. today, Deb Naybor will present “How Special is Chautauqua Lake” at the Lake Walk, discussing the gift of fresh water. Meet at the covered porch of the Heinz Fitness Center, located on South Lake Drive at the corner of South Avenue (below the Youth Activities Center). This event is sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club in cooperation with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.
It was hot, and the humidity was rising. Ominous clouds hung in the sky. Mosquitos and other biting insects fluttered among plants. Shoe-sucking muck and standing pools of water lurked behind the intimidating curtain of weeds and scrub trees, which lined an unmarked stretch of Route 394 three miles south of Chautauqua Institution.
The water of Chautauqua Lake will be the focus of today’s Bird, Tree & Garden Club Lake Walk led by Tom Cherry, operations supervisor for the Chautauqua Utility District. At 6:30 p.m. at Heinz Fitness Center’s covered porch, Cherry will present “Water — Before and After.” Cherry said in an email that participants would walk from the porch along the lakefront with the option of a wastewater plant tour.