Slight Change Made To Macrophyte Strategy

MAYVILLE — A slight change to the Macrophyte Management Strategy will recognize the site of the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel as high in land use and high when it comes to utilization of the lake.

Dave McCoy, county watershed coordinator, came before the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday to discuss an amendment to the completed study, which was presented to the legislature in April. Specifically, McCoy said a zone in Celoron where the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel sits was originally characterized as low in land and lake use.

With hotel development at the zone, a change will be made to allow for harvesting, hand cutting and weed rolling, among other techniques.

“The Macrophyte Management Strategy allows for changes in land use to change the way the lake is managed in those areas,” McCoy said. “We went from an area previously recommended to not have macrophyte management activities to an area that allows for the full gamut of macrophyte management activities. I think it’s important for the hotel development.”

Some zones around the lake are recommended within the study to receive no macrophyte management activities. McCoy said that’s because those identified zones are either a park, state-owned property or a preserve.

“There’s no reason to cut the weeds in front of (them) or otherwise manage that portion,” he said.

No legislative approval is needed to make the change. Legislator Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, said the intention of the Macrophyte Management Strategy was that it would be a “living strategy.”

“As conditions change, things would change and (the strategy) would change,” Chagnon said. “This is the first example of a significant change that required an update to the MMS.”