Third ‘Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters’ presentation scheduled for Aug. 14

On Thursday, August 14, from 7 to 8 p.m., Jamestown Audubon, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and the Chautauqua Lake Association will present the third in their summer series “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters” in the main lecture hall in Building A at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road (Route 394) in Ashville.

Scott Kischbaugh of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the condition of the nation’s lakes along with more details about the lakes of New York State. When he talks about “Reducing the Likelihood of Algal Blooms by Doing the Little Things,” Kischbaugh will emphasize how the small actions of individuals – such as buffer strip installations, septic tank maintenance and invasive species control – can promote healthier conditions in the nearby waters.

In the last three years, extensive harmful algal bloom data has been collected on Chautauqua Lake. Kischbaugh has analyzed lake conditions for most of his career and is the creator and author of the annual Citizens’ Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) annual reports for Findley and Chautauqua Lakes (www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/79219.html).

The bureau chief for the Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section of the NYS DEC’s Bureau of Water Assessment Management, Kischbaugh holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and is a NYS-licensed professional engineer. He has worked for DEC since 1985 and is the senior author of Diet for a Small Lake (1990 and 2009 editions).

The event is free, but donations to sponsoring organizations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information on the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, visit www.chautauquawatershed.org. To learn more about the Chautauqua Lake Association, go to www.chautauqualakeassociation.org. For more information on the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.