Study of Funding Mechanisms for Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation – Phase I

The County of Chautauqua is soliciting proposals from qualified consulting firms to undertake a study of available options to raise funds to protect and rehabilitate Chautauqua Lake, and perhaps the watershed. The objective of the study is to provide necessary information on potential funding options so the County can determine the most viable funding option, or options, to pursue.

Chautauqua Lake is one of the defining features of Chautauqua County and is a major driver of the County’s economy and culture. For decades, the Lake has suffered from nuisance plant growth caused by excessive nutrient loading and other factors.

We are trying to investigate what options, whether or not authorized in current State law, might be pursued in order to raise funding for in-lake maintenance activities as well as lake protection activities in the watershed.  If an optimal option is formulated that is not currently authorized by law, necessary State legislation to implement the optimal option could be sought by the County.

The full request for proposals can be found here:

Proposals are due to the Chautauqua County Purchasing Department by January 10, 2022 at 3:30 PM. For questions about this RFP, contact Rebecca Anderson, Purchasing Manager, in writing at by Wednesday, December 29, 2021.