Legislature Approves Chautauqua Lake Research Funding

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Amid pushback to table the allocation, the Chautauqua County Legislature approved $1 million dollars in funding to support Chautauqua Lake Research.

The American Rescue Plan Act Funding will spur research about the lake’s water quality and Harmful Algal Blooms.

While some local lawmakers called for more discussion on the matter, the funding bill ultimately passed 17 to 2 with Legislators John Hemmer and Susan Parker the only no votes.

Led by the Jefferson Project, the project will work to identify issues in Chautauqua Lake and ultimately seek solutions to better the body of water’s ecology.

The collaboration first started in 2020 as part of a partnership with Chautauqua County Government, Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance.

In previous years scientists deployed a sensor to measure the water’s chemistry.


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