by Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook
A great article from the New York State Conservationist, April 2014,
about Chauttauqua Lake and harmful algal blooms.
What is a
Onondaga and Cortland Counties, are unique and beautiful regions in central New York. One of the defining characteristics is the presence of several kettle-hole or kettle lakes.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the area was formed by the advancing and retreating of glacial ice during the last glacial period in
Each kettle lake has its own unique properties. Some have natural or created outlets, while others are landlocked. All of these lakes are, however, connected to the surficial aquifer. A surficial aquifer is generally defined by the USGS, as an “unconfined, shallow aquifer system, recharged by rainfall and leakage from surface water bodies.”
The glaciers also formed the Valley Heads Moraine, an area of sand and gravel deposited when the retreating ice paused. The moraine runs east to west and separates the