Watershed, Fishery Update Is Thursday

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will host a kick-off to the spring trout fishing season with updates on the state of the Chautauqua Lake trout fishery and Chautauqua Lake sedimentation control projects consisting of erosion control project on lake tributary streams.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Southern Tier Brewing Company’s upstairs tasting room. The event is free and open to the public.

Scott Cornett, state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 9 fisheries biologist, will present the results of the DEC’s 2017 trout stream sampling efforts. He will also preview the DEC’s plans for 2018 and give a summary of the fall 2017 trout stream management public meetings. Claire Quadri, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy conservationist, will provide an update on stream erosion control Water Quality Improvement Projects in Chautauqua Lake tributaries and how these projects enhance local trout populations and water quality.

For more information, email info@chautauquawatershed.org or call 664-2166.

Partners for the Chautauqua Lake tributary Water Quality Improvement Projects program are Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District and Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Funding for the Water Quality Improvement Projects was provided in part by the Environmental Protection fund as administered by the state DEC. Chautauqua County, through a share of its Occupancy Tax Program and reallocated Chautauqua Lake Management Commission capital funds, provided the local match money for projects.

David Anderson in photos april