Watershed and septic workshop to air on Access Channel 5

MAYVILLE – A three-part video on the second workshop session, “Improved Wastewater Management for Lakeshore Communities,” will air on Access Channel 5 for three consecutive weeks starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Channel 5 serves the towns of Chautauqua, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley and Westfield. Videos for workshop sessions 1 and 2 are also available on YouTube for those outside the viewing area. Links for these sessions are available at:

Workshop I:

Workshop II (Part 1):

Workshop II (Part 2):

Workshop II (Part 3):

This workshop was designed to educate homeowners, private businesses, as well as Local, State, and Federal officials on the importance of properly maintained wastewater treatment systems near lakes and waterways. Several septic related topics will be discussed, including but not limited to: failing or improperly installed septic systems and the impacts to lake pollution and human health; how nutrients from these failing systems are a food resource for weeds and algae; and detailed discussions of current and upcoming regulations related to nutrient discharges in Chautauqua County and how the County is proposing to address these issues.

Part 1 will air the week of July 13. The presenters for this session include: Jeff Diers (Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator, CCPED) on the status of the “Chautauqua Lake Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus;” Tom Cherry (Superintendent, Chautauqua Utility District) and Tom Carlson (Director, North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District) on the “TMDL Impacts and Solutions for Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants.”

Part 2 will air the week of July 20: The presenters for this session include: Bob Eichinger (Onsite Engineering, LLC) on the “Fate and Transport of Phosphorus in Septic Systems & Alternative and Enhanced Phosphorus Removal;” Bill Boria (Water Resources Specialist, Chautauqua County Department of Health) on the “Comparison of Four Septic System Management Programs for Lakeshore Communities.”

Part 3 will air the week of July 27: The presenter for this session is George Barden (Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector) on “Alternative Wastewater Technologies.”

The workshop was 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, Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development; Chautauqua County Department of Health; Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District; and the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission.

For more information about the Chautauqua County septic system program, contact the County Health Department at 753-4481.