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The CLA May Not Have The Lake At Heart

To The Reader’s Forum:

The Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance consists of villages, towns, property owners and not-for-profit agencies interested in the healthy maintenance of our lake.

The memorandum of agreement was developed and signed to achieve a consensus plan for the management of the lake.

The prevention of nutrients entering the lake from tributaries and controlling the growth of invasive species (i.e. Eurasian milfoil and curly leaf pondweed) by the proper application of herbicides is an important priority.

The Chautauqua Lake Association’s comments in the P-J article dated Jan. 18-19, 2020, attempts to diminish the alliance’s successes.

When herbicides are applied to control the growth of invasive species, some grants and donations are directed to fund the herbicides rather than the CLA’s programs. The CLA not only loses funding, but its services are somewhat unnecessary.

The bottom line is the CLA makes money when invasive species are allowed to flourish uncontrolled in our lake. It appears that money, not the longterm welfare of Chautauqua Lake, is the CLA’s true motivation!

Gary R. Peters Sr.

West Ellicott