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Friends and Fun at Water Festival 2015

Nearly 100 people turned out on a dreary, cool day at the Dwyer Park Pavilion for the 8th Annual Water Festival. And everyone had a good time. Hot dogs were snapped up as quickly as they could come off the grill and almost all of the “dishes to pass” were cleaned out by the end of the afternoon. Fresh coffee and donut holes, donated by the local Dunkin ‘ Donuts were enjoyed along with other baked treats as people tapped their toes to Colleen Kattau and Dos XX.


A variety of information and presentations were available from numerous organizations, including Solarize Central NY, Lake Bottom Blankets, Project Watershed and NYSFOLA.  Each of the lakes and C-OFOKLA had information available, including branded merchandise from Tully Lake and a presentation on Little York’ s “Melee With the Milfoil” .

Tom Hughes ran a bluebird box-building activity, provided by the state Parks Department in cooperation with the New York Bluebird Society (see more here). More than a dozen kids go

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8th Annual Water Festival – Fun for the Whole Family

Residents, family and friends of Crooked, Little York, Song and Tully Lakes will join together for their 8th annual Water Festival and picnic. The event is free and open to the public. With a good weather forecast and cooler temperatures, a solid turnout is expected. Full details of the event are here.

This year, Colleen Kattau and Dos XX will provide live music while picnic-goers enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade.

In addition to games for young and old, there will be interesting presentations and demonstrations. Each lake association will have an area to discuss what is going

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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