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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
Phin and Sara DeMink, of the Southern Tier Brewing Company, and John Jablonski III, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, have announced that the Southern Tier Brewing Company has assisted the CWC to conserve 21 acres of forest land and wetlands including 1,600 feet of the banks of Goose Creek west of Hoag Road in the Town of Busti.
“Clean water is essential to our business,” stated Mr. DeMink. “Many of our employees are avid fishermen, boaters and kayakers. Helping with actions to maintain the quality of our area waterways is good for our business, our families and our communities,” he added.
“The directors and members of the Conservancy are delighted to have the Southern Tier Brewing Company as a partner in our conservation mission,” said Mr. Jablonski.
This site was in danger of being cleared for development. Had that happened, the soil erosion from the steep slopes along the creek could have caused considerable amounts of sediments to flow down Goose Creek and into Chautauqua Lake, fueling nuisance aquatic plant and algae growth.
In its natural state, the property’s wetlands and pit-and-mound topography are important features that make it effective at capturing and slowly releasing precipitation to groundwaters and to the creek.
“These critical functions are what we were seeking to conserve in order to protect our local water quality,” said Mr. Jablonski.
“We are pleased to help the Conservancy with this project to protect Goose Creek and Chautauqua Lake from pollution,” said Ms. DeMink.
This is the fourth major land donation the CWC has received in the past year, and its second nature preserve protecting Goose Creek. Since Goose Creek is the largest tributary to Chautauqua Lake, as well as the largest contributor of sediment and nutrients, the CWC has placed a focus on its conservation and restoration. They hope to conserve more sites along the creek to create a natural, forested greenway from the Lake far up into the watershed.
“If we enhance our creeks to be healthy enough to support trout populations, the waters filling Chautauqua Lake from these creeks will be clean,” stated Mr. Jablonski. “We encourage Goose Creek and other stream and wetland owners to contact CWC to explore options for conserving their lands,” he added.
Landowners who donate conservation easements or land to the CWC may be eligible for Federal and State tax benefits.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public benefit corporation, primarily supported by membership donations. The CWC’s mission is to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Over the past 25 years, the organization has conserved over 800 acres of land across Chautauqua County. To donate in support of the CWC’s Goose Creek conservation projects or for more information on CWC’s conservation assistance, visit the CWC’s website or call 664-2166.