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Chautauqua panel approves county participation in Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance

MAYVILLE – Members of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday authorized county participation in the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance.

Committee members supported the resolution that will come before the full Legislature on Wednesday.

The alliance is a cooperative effort among municipalities along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, said he supports county participation in the alliance, which the committee authorized through 2019.

The purpose of the alliance is to protect and improve the waters of Lake Erie and of groundwater and surface water bodies within the watershed.

Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, Dave Wilson of Fluvanna and Dave Spann of the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District will be the county representatives in the alliance.

In other business, the group approved the appointment of Paul Whitford of Jamestown, Hugh Butler of Chautauqua and Scott Butler of Forestville as members of Chautauqua County Landbank Corp.

The members also approved reappointment of Taylor West of Lakewood to a two-year term on the county Sports Fishery Advisory Board.

Richard Constantino of Jamestown and Claire Quandri of Westfield were named to the county Environmental Management Council.