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Colleen Kattau and Dos XX Return to Water Festival

We are pleased to announce that Colleen Kattau and Dos XX will return this year to provide the musical entertainment for our Annual Water Festival on Sunday, September 11th 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

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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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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