Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance (Alliance)
Overarching organizational goals:
- Procure state and federal money on behalf of members and their projects via grant writing and grant administration.
- Implementation of the recommendations identified in the 2010 Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan, the in-lake Macrophyte Management Strategy (MMS), the Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), and other sources.
- Open communication is to be a priority. Ensure that anyone who wants a voice in how our watershed and lake is managed has a voice and is truly heard by the Alliance Board, Alliance staff and Alliance members.
- Transparency is also to be a priority. For example: published goals, published board meeting minutes, etc.
- Fiscally self-sustaining.
- Focused on not competing with our members or fellow nonprofits for local donors to cover operational costs.
- Act as point of contact for community, state and federal entities.
- Meet with Members and the general public, network, & most importantly listen.
Annual goals (by the end of the calendar year):
- Identify and develop 10-15 watershed and lake related projects, keeping recommendations made in pertinent guidance documents in mind. Identify and confirm project owner, participants, physical and financial feasibility and probable grant opportunities for each.
- Write and submit a minimum of 10 grant applications in 2017, maximizing local partnerships wherever possible.
- Facilitate implementation and successfully administrate the six Round 12 New York State (NYS) Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant awards with the County from 2015 for seven stream bank stabilization construction projects.
- Facilitate implementation and successfully finalize detailed work plan, budget and applicable partnerships as well as successfully administrate the Invasive Species Early Detection efforts for Chautauqua Lake from a 2015 grant from Senator Young via the County.
- Facilitate implementation and successfully administrate the 2016 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)/ Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant (EPG) grant with the Village of Lakewood for the Lakewood/Busti Stormwater Management Engineering Study.
- Facilitate implementation and successfully administrate the 2016 Village of Celoron NYS Department of State (DOS) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) grant award for improvements to the Lucille Ball Memorial Park (including but not limited to breakwall removal and replacement, and installation of timber boardwalk and kayak/canoe launch).
- In person meetings with member organizations at regular intervals.
- Continue to work on establishing local match tools and funding sources.
- Facilitate work done by our bookkeeping service provider.
- Facilitate work done by our Audit & Tax service provider.
- Successfully host second annual May Member Meeting.
- Review target member list and assess for additions or deletions prior to our 2017-2018 Membership Drive.
- Confirm membership dues structure that continues to be equitable and logical.
- Execute successful 2017-2018 Membership Drive.
- Identify and utilize Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software to help track interactions with members as well as track hours and work linked to specific projects or grants.
- Renew federal grants.gov registration.
- Activation of Scientific Review & Advisory Committee.
- Better define how we will prioritize projects.
- Possible progress report on the 2010 Chautauqua Lake Watershed Plan.
- Determine the most appropriate mix of ways to effectively communicate with our Members and the public. Current efforts include: annual report, press releases, online (website & Social media), participation in area events, guest speaker presentations, etc.
- Continue to develop our online presence via website and social media. Expand and add to information currently available on the website specific to Alliance projects but also overarching lake related efforts.
- Continue to develop and build relationships with state and federal agencies. DEC, NRCS, Southern Tier West, REDC, EPA, etc.
- Assist with finalizing in-lake management plan (MMS) and aid in working through realities of implementation, once plan is finalized.
- Establish Alliance office location.