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Stormwater Program

When New York State identified Lake Chautauqua as an area of “impaired waters,” The Chautauqua Institute stepped up in their role as stewards of the lake and began a process to improve the water quality of the region. The Institute hired Wendel to design and implement a plan to achieve this goal. Since it had been determined that an excessive flow of Stormwater was affecting the water quality in the lake, multi-faceted and comprehensive solutions were conceived to bring the area back into balance. Not only did these solutions have to be effective, they also had to be implemented in such a way that the natural, historic beauty of Lake Chautauqua remained intact. The answer came in the form of creative landscape architecture, featuring one of the largest private rain garden projects in the region. Stormwater flow towards the lake is now mitigated by native vegetation, bioswales, streams and waterfalls, transforming an unused parking lot into an aesthetically pleasing yet functional feat of sustainable engineering.

Chautauqua Institution
Stormwater Program