Final septic system workshop set for Saturday in Ashville

ASHVILLE – Chautau-qua County Executive Greg Edwards would like to remind residents about the final “Homeowner Education Workshop on Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities,” which will be held on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Building A of the Hewes BOCES Center, located at 2615 North Maple Avenue in Ashville.

The workshop is free and is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development (CCPED), Chautauqua County Department of Health (CCDOH), Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Cornell University.

It is designed to educate homeowners, private businesses, and local, state and federal officials about the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways. During the workshop, attendees will hear and interact with experts on the role waterfront septic systems can play in polluting the lake and creating potential health risks. They will also learn about CCDOH’s efforts to modify lakefront septic system regulations to improve water quality.

“Having a properly designed and maintained septic system is one more step lakeshore residents can take to help reduce the amount of phosphorous that enters Chautauqua Lake and feeds the weeds,” said Edwards. “I encourage residents to attend this important workshop as it is everyone’s responsibility to help protect our water resources. By being actively involved and staying informed, we can all help Chautauqua Lake stay healthy so it can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Presentations will be given by Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, CCPED, on the status of the “Chautauqua Lake Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus;” Tom Cherry of Chautauqua Utility District and Tom Carlson of the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District on the “TMDL Impacts and Solutions for Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants;” Bob Eichinger of Onsite Engineering, LLC, on the “Fate and Transport of Phosphorus in Septic Systems & Alternative and Enhanced Phosphorus Removal;” and George Barden, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector, on the “Alternative Wastewater Technologies on Difficult Sites.”

In addition, Bill Boria, Water Resources Specialist, CCDOH, will speak on the “Comparison of Four Septic System Management Programs for Lakeshore Communities.”

Sri Vedachalam of Cornell University and others will also provide professional expertise and advice during the workshop.

For more information visit or contact Jeff Diers at (716) 661-8915 or Sri Vedachalam at (607) 254-7163.