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Welcome Pall Corporation as a Corporate Partner

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We are pleased to announce that Pall Corporation has joined us as a Corporate Partner.  Headquartered in Port Washington, NY, Pall is a global corporation with $2.8 billion in sales for 2014.  Pall Technology Services in Cortland delivers water treatment products.

According to Pall’s website:
Making the World Safer, Greener, Better
Scientists and engineers at heart, we thrive on helping customers protect people, the environment and our natural resources. We are often called “the original clean technology company” because our products provide clear environmental benefits. Pall fluid management solutions enable customers to purify and conserve water, consume less energy,

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Yes We Can – And We Should

The message was clear and straightforward at C-OFOKLA ‘s recent Speaker Series event: we must convert from fossil fuels and we can convert. A deeply engaged audience of 75 people ranging from high school students to retirees listened to Dr. Sandra Stiengraber explain the why’ s and Dr. Tony Ingraffea explain the how’s.

Dr. Steingraber opened with a personal story of growing up in a polluted region of Illinois and contracting environmentally-induced cancer as a young adult. She observed that we are impacting the health of our children with the pollution from fossil fuels and we are robbing them of their future with climate change. These two important concepts should galvanize any parent into action.

Professor Ingraffea shared research he and his colleagues conducted to determine the optimal energy sources for New York State. While fossil

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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