Greetings to all from the beautiful lakes of Cassadaga! First and foremost, I am hoping this letter finds you and yours healthy in these times of grave concern over the spread of the coronavirus. As we prepare for the 2020 season, we realize how very important it is to have these beautiful, healthy lakes available to us for our enjoyment. We are confident that with caution and creativity we can meet the challenges posed by social distancing so that we can accomplish the things that need to be done to keep our lakes safe, healthy and enjoyable for all of us. It is times like these that we truly appreciate and depend on the beauty and wonder of nature around us to raise our spirits and lighten our hearts.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our board of directors and members for making possible all the great accomplishments of 2019. Our water quality readings in all three lakes has been good for the last 3 years, a positive contributor has been goose control at the beaches. The pedestrian and biking use of Dale Drive was significantly made safer and more user friendly with the completion of the surfacing of the shoulders in partnership with the County DOT and full support of the County and Village governments. Our new weed harvesting crew kept our weed growth population controlled by following chemical free best practices while also protecting vital fish beds. Our lake stewards at the boat launch worked with boaters to ensure that invasive species were not brought into our waters. The County's sheriff water patrol provided education and ensured compliance for water safely. Information gained after installing two beaver excluders has proved to be a valuable first step in learning lessons on how best to manage our high lake level. The one installed on the Dale Drive culvert is working well. The results of the one installed on the outlet dam have been inconclusive. And, in partnership with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, we are well on our way to the opening of a nature park and preserve on the upper lake that will provide year-round enjoyment of the watershed that is so critical to the water quality of our lakes.
Looking forward, we will continue this year with our lakes management activities and support the many social events that make living on the lake so enjoyable. As in years past we have planned a summer of fun filled events like the Youth Fishing Derby, 4th of July & Labor Day Flares Around the Lake, CLA Barn Dance, Labor Day Ducky Derby, Boat Parade (Pirate theme maties!) and Moonlight Paddles on the Lake. Because of the unknowns around social distancing we may need to vary from our planned schedule but we will keep you well informed of changes on our website (http://cassadagalakesassociation.com). Please frequent our site often to be in the know!
We had to make a tough decision this year concerning the directory. Because of the safety and economic challenges presented by the coronavirus we have decided to not publish a hard copy of the directory. We are going paperless, just for this year. We will be sending it out to all our members and are hopeful that we can broaden our distribution by utilizing social media to distribute. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all businesses, both local and county wide, who have chosen to advertise with us and those people who have submitted articles and pictures that continue to make our directory so interesting and informative, year after year.
In closing, if you are a member, we thank you sincerely for your continued support. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to become one and join those committed to the continued good work of the CLA to keep our lakes as special as they are today.
YOURS FOR THE LAKES,
Nancy Wickmark, President