This has been an interesting spring/ summer season. We started out with recorded precipitation 29 of 31 days in May. June was not much different. The lake level has been difficult to control and we have had to open the gate three times to bring the lake back under control. We are going to open the gate again today (July 8th) after the gully washers we just had. Normally in Spring the lake is very clear with disk readings at 3-4 meters. We did not see these types of conditions early this year and associate this with the excessive rainfall. This year has also seen reduced aquatic vegetation growth so far which translates into less weed removal by harvesting.
By now everyone has seen our new weed harvester. So far we are very pleased with the performance of the machinery and our new vendor. Paul and his crew transitioned into the new equipment without any issues. We have yet to test the additional cutting and capacity benefits. We should get a chance later in July to see the full capabilities of this system. Our Treasurer Phil Persons championed the purchase of this new equipment and did a fantastic job. We all thank him for his efforts.
As we look to the future of improved lake quality we are concentrating on lowering nutrient levels utilizing aeration and public sewers. Chautauqua County is exploring the feasibility for a regional solution to the sewer needs of Findley Lake, Village of Sherman and Peek n’ Peak. An agency has been formed and a study is underway. Dave McCoy, County Watershed Coordinator is leading this effort and will speak at the annual meeting outlining the process. Alex Lictus and Carl Kimmick will also speak about our interest in aeration and it’s benefits. We had the opportunity to tour the Eaton reservoir aeration system courtesy of the North East Pennsylvania Water Department. Their system has been in operation for many years with good results controlling the toxins associated with algae blooms. We are optimistic that a similar system installed in Findley Lake would produce the same results. Both of these projects will require a great deal of planning and execution. We will see dramatic improvement in water quality and lake aesthetics when these projects are completed.
We are again hosting the Findley Lake and Mina Historical Society at the Water Wheel Overlook Building this summer. Their display is open to the public on Saturday afternoons. If you have not visited this summer it is very interesting and informative. The topics are The Roller Rink, Ship n’ Shore and World War One Veterans and Gold Star Veterans from our community.
We continue to receive tremendous support from our membership and our community. Without this support the achievements of the past 60 plus years would not have been possible. Thank you.
Edward M. Mulkearn, President