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Next month the public is invited to join stakeholders for a symposium dedicated to fostering collaboration and charting a path forward for the health and sustainability of Chautauqua Lake.

Brainchild of Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel Jr., the Chautauqua Lake Symposium is set to take place at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, located at 10 Dunham Ave, Celoron, NY, on June 2, 2024. The forum will kick off with a meet-and-greet session at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program commencing at 9 a.m.

This symposium aims to foster collaboration and discussion among stakeholders and experts concerning the health and future of Chautauqua Lake. With a focus on sharing vital data, insights, and actionable solutions, the event seeks to harness collective efforts for the betterment of the lake and its surrounding communities.

County Executive Wendel will provide introductory comments and act as the Master of Ceremony at the event, introducing each speaker.

“I extend a warm welcome to all members of our community to join us in listening to the science and uniting our strengths for the betterment of Chautauqua Lake,” said Wendel. “Together, through Strength in Unity, we can advance Chautauqua Lake and ensure its vitality for generations to come.”

Featured presenters include, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University (NC State), SUNY Oneonta, The Jefferson Project, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). This diverse lineup of esteemed institutions and organizations will provide valuable perspectives and expertise on various aspects of Chautauqua Lake’s ecology, management, and preservation.

Attendees are encouraged to participate actively in the symposium. Questions can be submitted on note cards and will be directed to the speakers during designated Q&A sessions, facilitating meaningful dialogue and exchange of ideas. Light refreshments will also be provided. Lake stakeholders will have vendor booths set up as well.

For those unable to attend in person, the program will be livestreamed on Chautauqua County’s YouTube page. A recording will also be posted following the conclusion of the symposium.

County Executive Paul M. Wendel Jr. extends a warm invitation to everyone invested in the welfare of Chautauqua Lake to join this collaborative initiative. For more information and to register for the Chautauqua Lake Symposium, please visit