Homeowner Education Workshop tonight at Hewes BOCES?Center

The Chautauqua Lake Management Commission, Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Cornell University announce that a Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities will be provided at no cost to those interested in attending.

The workshop will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hewes BOCES Center in Ashville (Building A).

This is the first of two workshops designed to educate homeowners, private business, as well as local, state, and federal officials on the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways. During this workshop, you will hear and interact with experts on how your waterfront septic system might be a source of lake pollution and a potential human heath risk. Septic systems that are not designed and maintained properly, release nutrients that feed the nuisance weeds and algae in our waterbodies, and depending on the location may even affect your or your neighbor’s family if the faulty septic system is too close to water wells. Learn about proper system design and maintenance, along how the County Health Department is proposing to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

Presentations will be given by: Tom Erlandson (CLMC member and County Legis-lator) on the Recent History of Wastewater Treatment Around Chautauqua Lake; Bob Eichinger (Onsite Eng-ineering, LLC) will provide an overview on Residential Septic Systems; and Mark Stow, Paul Snyder, Bryan Mentley will describe the current “Chautauqua County Septic System Program.” Jeff Diers (Watershed Coordina-tor CCPED), Bill Boria (CCDOH), and Sri Vedacha-lam (Cornell) will also provide professional expertise during the workshop.

For more information, contact Jeff Diers, Chautau-qua County Watershed Coordinator, at 661-8915; or Sri Vedachalam, Cornell University, at (607) 254-7163; or visit

This workshop is brought to you by Cornell University with funding support provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS De-partment of Environmental Conservation.