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Welcome AXI Digital as a Corporate Partner

We are pleased to add AXI Digital, a digital media agency, as a Corporate Partner.  The company is moving from its current location in Philadelphia to Central New York. AXI also sponsored our May event, Art and Ecology.

Focusing on sustainability, AXI  partners with organizations whose mission is to educate and promote sustainable options for our world. They do this through a range of services including digital promotions and communications consulting.

Over the past 15 years, AXI has worked closely with various non-profit organizations. Projects have included the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia, the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion, The

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Your 5 Best Resources to Help Save Our Lakes

As reported in the Cortland Standard, “An invasive plant species is threatening to one day turn Little York Lake into stagnant swamp.” If you’re like thousands of people in the Cortland area, you enjoy everything from boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing to the Independence Day fireworks at Little York. Imagine if it became unusable.

July 12-18 is the second annual New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW). In support of that we’ve identified 5 key resources you can use to help save our lakes.

Invasive species have become a significant problem in our area, costing money for control

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What is a Kettle Lake?

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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 North America.  To the west of us, the same glacial process formed the Finger Lakes. The process here, however, caused smaller holes to be formed when huge chunks of ice broke off the glacier. These holes, or “kettles” were then buried by till [1] as the glacier receded. When these ice chunks melted, the depression remained.

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 Tully Valley to the north from the Tioughnioga Valley to the south. This moraine also forms the surface water divide for the St. Lawrence River drainage (north) and the Susquehanna River drainage (south).[2]

[1] sediment of various particle sizes deposited by the direct action of ice

[2] Information from USGS