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It IS Getting Hot in Here

We ‘re seeing our lakes warming based on real data gathered by CSLAP volunteers. That was the message in Scott Kishbaugh’ s presentation at the Kettle Lakes Speaker Series on Monday evening.

As a consequence, we have to expect a changing environment including different plants, different pests, and maybe impacts to our daily water quality.

While Kishbaugh was conservative in his statements, the crowd of nearly 50 residents were engaged, pressing him to clarify the causes and impacts of these changes. At one point, Preble town supervisor Jim Doring asked if there was scientific consensus on humans causing global warming. Kishbaugh noted that he was not an expert but that, in his opinion, the evidence seems clear.

In fact,

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Is it Getting Hot in Here?

Drought, pests and impacts on our drinking water: these are some of the possible consequences of global warming on our watersheds according to Scott Kishbaugh, Chief, DOW Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section at DEC. He will present his data and explore these and other implications in his talk on Monday, April 18th at 7pm at Tully HS. Register here for your free tickets to this event.

“19 out of the 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1980,” he noted. “More importantly, thanks to our C-SLAP program and the great work by our local lake volunteers, we have data showing the impact on New York State lakes and we can already see changes occurring.”

Join us as we explore the changes and potential impacts to our everyday lives. Engage in the community discussion on what we can all do to help

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What is a Kettle Lake?

C-OFOKLA (Click to Enlarge)

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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