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More Weed Harvesting Planned for Chautauqua Lake

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The Chautauqua Lake Association is stepping up the fight against weeds.

The lake remains ice covered, but many marinas will be opening next week. And the boating season will kick into gear next month.

 Weeds have been a major headache for homeowners and boaters. So the association this year plans to add a third harvesting crew, if a private fundraising campaign hits it's goal of $190,000. About $60,000 has already been raised.

The county has already upped it's contribution by $40,000. So it looks like there will be a more aggressive weed fighting approach this summer.

 Chris Yates of the Chautauqua Lake Association said, "It means we can do a more thorough job because we're doing a 3 crew operation. So recreational boaters and fishermen will all benefit from our early start."

 Jim Kistner of Snug Harbor Marina said, "There are a lot of people who vacation here, have houses here. The weeds have been pretty bad for the last several years, something needed to be done."

  The entire cost of staffing 3 weed harvesting crews for the summer is estimated at $676,000. Most of that total has been raised through donations.

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