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.
While the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission relied on monies from the lake communities to operate, the new lake plans require a bigger pie to slice from than local resources can offer.
Chautauqua community member Subagh Singh Khalsa will present “Water, a Very Personal Matter: Exploring and Preserving the Watershed” for the Chautauqua Men’s Club at 9 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist House.
“In 2006, the year after Katrina hit New Orleans, I stood on a hill top near here, looked down on Chautauqua Lake and realized I could navigate by kayak from Chautauqua to the Gulf of Mexico,” Subagh said. “After some deliberation I decided to do the trip, and did, raising money for Habitat for Humanity and the Watershed Conservancy.
“Along the way I saw the degradation of the rivers and, when I returned, I began exploring our watershed, discovering here the source of some of that degradation.”