Chautauqua Lake and Watershed 5-Year Implementation Strategy

Chautauqua Lake is a vital resource to the community within southwestern New York State. For years, local governments and organizations have worked together to protect the health of this resource, which has been adversely impacted by macrophytes and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). These planning efforts culminated in a watershed management plan (WMP), a phosphorus (TMDL), and a macrophyte management strategy (MMS). 

Anchor QEA assisted with prioritizing recommendations from the WMP, TMDL, and MMS and incorporating this information into 5year implementation strategy. Our team began by gathering stakeholder input to ascertain local priorities and values. We coupled qualitative data from a series of nine focus groups with our team’s knowledge of lake and watershed science to develop a multicriteria analysis tool. This decision support tool, which includes environmental, social, fiscal, and other metrics, is used to rank and prioritize projects designed to restore and protect Chautauqua Lake. 

Location
New York