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Higgins Asks For Federal Help to Keep Chautauqua Lake Clean and Healthy

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking the department to dedicate additional FY2011 Aquatic Plant Control Program funding for Chautauqua Lake.

“Chautauqua Lake is one of the leading economic engines in the region supporting real estate, local business and tourism,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We can’t afford to take our natural waterways for granted.  The success of our region and the health and viability of Chautauqua Lake are directly associated and we are fighting to keep the Lake beautiful today and for generations to come.”

Chautauqua Lake has already received $127,000 in federal funds, and additional local matching funds, for the Army Corps to investigate the project through the Aquatic Plant Control Program.  The Congressman is asking for an additional $150,000 in federal funding to continue the project. 

Chautauqua Lake is 17.5 miles long and at an elevation of 1,308 feet serves as one of the highest navigable lakes in the nation.  The Lake is a prime fishing and boating destination, home to the nearly 200 year old Bemus Stow Ferry, and a leading summer vacation spot which is directly linked to approximately one half of the County’s tourism income.  Also sitting on the shores of the Lake is the Chautauqua Institution, a National Historic District over 130 years old that welcomes over 140,000 visitors each summer.