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Nature

Ripples In The Water

I have always been fascinated by ripples in the water. As a child, I loved to throw pebbles in puddles and ponds and watch the patterns created by the ripples as they overlapped. The surface became an ever-changing kaleidoscope of shapes as the ripples bounced off the edges of the puddle and ...

A Watershed Approach To Landscaping

As we find ourselves bundling up, heading outside, and putting our lawns and backyards to bed for the winter, it may be difficult to think about how our basic yard care and landscaping habits can affect our environment, let alone our planet. We know that our individual yards and landscapes play ...

Watching The Water Come Alive

Expect to see some increased activity in the downtown Jamestown area over the next several weeks as the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, together with the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, will be addressing severe bank erosion issues in the Chadakoin River basin and ...

Reasons To Be Thankful

My wife started practicing a daily gratitude meditation a while back, and it’s something that really made me stop and think about the world. There are so many things that make her gratitude list that are easy to take for granted: hot showers, safe sidewalks to walk the dog, an extra long ...

Dredging In Chautauqua Lake

If you have been to meetings about the management of Chautauqua Lake’s plants or algae in the last 30 years, then you’ve likely heard someone proclaim the need to “dredge the lake” or “dredge the outlet.” The Chautauqua Lake Outlet was dredged over 100 years ago for steamboat ...

Re-Activating County’s Waterways

It is no surprise that spending a leisurely summer afternoon on Chautauqua Lake, or one of the other county lakes, is a wonderful way to spend some time in the great outdoors. Our lakes have long been a major draw for locals and visitors alike. Swimming, canoeing, tubing, or fishing, it ...