Community Foundation Grants $30,000 to Untangle Weeds

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Director, Randy Sweeney (left) and Chautauqua Lake Association Director Craig Colburn stand in front of the third cutter that has been placed on the Lake.

LAKEWOOD, N.Y. –  Members of the Chautauqua Lake Association have battled green all summer as they have been busy harvesting the weeds that accumulate around Lake Chautauqua. With help from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in the form of a $30,000 Community Service Grant, this type of green is a lot more manageable.

“A grant from the Community Foundation is important to our organization because the money goes right into the Lake maintenance effort immediately,” said Paul Swanson, General Manager of the Chautauqua Lake Association. “Every dollar goes toward removing weeds.”

The first $20,000 of this grant was awarded outright in an effort to encourage municipalities and other organizations that benefit Chautauqua Lake to provide $10,000 in matching funds. When that goal was met the Foundation awarded the full $30,000 to the Association. As a result a third cutter has been placed on the Lake in order to continue harvesting the weeds.

“We are delighted that the Community Foundation can assist with the management of the Lake,” said Randy Sweeney, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “The Foundation is well aware of the importance of Chautauqua Lake and what it means to the county and the entire region. We want the lake to be available for all to use and enjoy in whatever manner they choose.”

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