Chautauqua Lake cleanup seeks local volunteers

Much of the Conewango Creek’s flow ultimately comes from Chautauqua Lake.

So keeping the lake clean will also assist in a cleaner Conewango Creek.

To that end, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association is partnering with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Chautauqua Lake Association for the Fifth Chautauqua Lake Cleanup.

The cleanup effort is set for Saturday, May 18.

According to a statement from the Conewango Creek Watershed Association, registration for the event will start at 8 a.m. and “participants should be on the water or going to their on-land sites by 9 a.m. and the event will end by 2 p.m.”

Participants are to meet at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association in Celoron.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” the statement said. “Volunteers can work on-land or on-water. Volunteers can participate in the entire event or any portion of it.”

Those looking to participate are required to sign a waiver, check in and out at the Fishing Association and pre-registration is required.

A form to register can be completed online at conewangocreek.org.

“Registrations will ensure there will be enough food and boats. Children must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times,” the statement said. Waivers for children must be signed by their parent or legal guardian, which can also be found at www.conewangocreek.org. For quicker registration, please print the waivers out ahead of time, fill them out completely and bring them with you to the event.”

Forms can be emailed to info@conewnagocreek.org or registration can be completed by calling 726-1441.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided in the morning and a hot dog lunch will be provided at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. by the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association.

The CCWA said that “only stormy weather will cause the event to be canceled or have a delay in the starting time.” Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

“Other desired items to bring would be a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain coat, warm layers, water and snacks as well as any medications, you may need. Gloves and plastic bags will be provided. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Boats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee a boat for everyone.”

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