In Support Of The Lake And Gary Peters Sr.

To The Reader’s Forum:

I have lived in Chautauqua County for almost 70 years. In the 1960s and 1970s we sprayed the lake for weeds and have never seen fish killed by the herbicide.

Now that we only spray small areas of the lake weeds prosper in those that don’t.

Some suggestions:

1. Stop all nitrates that have been sprayed on lawns (stop algae blooms). Legislative action.

2. Develop a treatment for the weeds (Eurasian milfoil) to totally destroy only that weed.

3. Dredge lower lake to increase water flow.

Yes, all of the above ideas will take time and tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Without it Chautauqua County will be the proud owner of a 1,400 acre swamp.

If you go to Canada the lakes there are clean –so clean you can see down 20 feet to the bottom. Chautauqua Lake on a good day is 10 to 20 inches.

I hate to think what will become of our lake if nothing is done. Let’s think outside the box.

Neville Messinger



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