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Colleen Kattau and Dos XX to Play at Water Festival

We are pleased to announce that Colleen Kattau and Dos XX will provide the musical entertainment for our Annual Water Festival on Sunday, September 13th from 1-4 pm at Dwyer Park.

Colleen  is a bi-lingual singer/songwriter whose music joins rhythms of Latin America with her own roots in rock and folky jazz-laced compositions. Her innovative poetic lyrics cover a wide and varied range from soulful sensual songs to rise-up-and-change-the-world anthems. Dos XX formed in 2012 with Kattau on vocals, rhythm guitar, & ukulele; Jane Zell on lead guitar and vocals; Connie Walters on percussion and vocals; and Mike Brandt

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New Dam at Little York Lake

After nearly a decade of discussion and planning, work on the Little York Lake dam began in early July. The county is replacing the current, 80 year-old structure. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of October.

“Getting the dam replacement project approved was a long and arduous process with many meetings with the County Legislature,” commented Little York Improvement Society Paul Stepien. “Now we are turning our efforts to managing our variable leaf milfoil issues. This will take a community effort including a comprehensive management plan. Dealing with our public boat launch, perhaps installing a boat

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What is a Kettle Lake?

C-OFOKLA (Click to Enlarge)

C-OFOKLA (Click to Enlarge)

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