County groups offering workshop on improved wastewater management

JAMESTOWN – A second Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Building A of the Hewes BOCES Center, 12615 N. Maple Ave., Ashville. Admission is free.

This workshop is designed to educate homeowners and private businesses, as well as local, state and federal officials on the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways.

During this workshop, attendees will hear and interact with experts on how waterfront septic systems might be a source of lake pollution and a potential human heath risk.

Attendees can learn about proper system design and maintenance, along with a strategy for how the County Health Department is proposing to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

Presentations will be given by: Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordina-tor, on the status of the “Chautauqua Lake Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus;”Tom Cherry (Chautauqua Utility District) and Tom Carlson (N. Chau-tauqua Lake Sewer District) on the “TMDL Impacts and Solutions for Municipal Sew-age Treatment Plants;” Bob Eichinger (Onsite Engineer-ing, LLC), on the “Fate and Transport of Phosphorus in Septic Systems & Alterna-tive and Enhanced Phospho-rus Removal;” George Barden (Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector) on the “Alternative Wastewater Technologies on Difficult Sites;” and Bill Boria (Water Resources Specialist, CCDOH) on the “Comparison of Four Septic System Management Programs for Lakeshore Communities.” Sri Vedacha-lam (Cornell University) and others will also provide professional expertise and advice during the workshop.

This workshop is being made possible by Cornell University with funding support provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information, contact Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, at 661-8915; or Sri Vedachalam, Cornell University, at (607) 254-7163; or visit wri.eas.cornell.edu/NYSP2I-worskshops.html .