Monday, June 24th, 7:00 PM Tully Town Hall, Meetinghouse Rd.
Guest Speaker: Scott Kishbaugh,Director of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) since 1985. He currently serves as the Bureau Chief of the Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section of the Bureau of Water Assessment Management. He is the senior author of the book Diet for a Small Lake: A New Yorkers Guide to Lake Management. Scott serves on advisory panels for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, the NYS Federation of Lake Associations, and the USEPA Nutrient Criteria Development program. This is an especially important presentation for our CSLAP lake associations.
What is a KettleLake? 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 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 TullyValley to the north from the TioughniogaValley to the south. This moraine also forms the surface water divide for the St. Lawrence River drainage (north) and the Susquehanna River drainage (south).
 sediment of various particle sizes deposited by the direct action of ice