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Final Watershed Improvement Plans Available

In 2017, our Kettle Lakes were the beneficiaries of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund $50,000 Chesapeake Bay Technical Capacity Grant. In collaboration with Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC-SU), Princeton Hydro and Cortland County Soil & Water, we examined potential harmful stormwater impacts on our kettle lakes and positive remediation for each concern. We hosted two information sessions in Homer and Tully in November, sharing the findings for each …Read More

ZERO is our Hero!

How are dish washer detergents and lawn fertilizers harming our lakes? They both might contain phosphorous and are now against the law! Buy a bag of fertilizer with ZERO in the middle. Read more here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67239.html

Watershed Plans

Last spring C-OFOKLA won a $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), to assess runoff pollution—focusing on nutrients and sediment—and make recommendations for improving water quality for four kettle lakes: Crooked Lake, Little York Lake, Song Lake, andTully Lake. Working in conjunction with Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District, Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center, and New Jersey-based Princeton Hydro, over the summer the partners sampled and …Read More

Protecting our Water Quality

Last spring C-OFOKLA won a $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), to assess runoff pollution—focusing on nutrients and sediment—and make recommendations for improving water quality for four kettle lakes: Crooked Lake, Little York Lake, Song Lake, andTully Lake. Working in conjunction with Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District, Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center, and New Jersey-based Princeton Hydro, over the summer the partners sampled and …Read More

DEC’s Drones Monitor Invasive Species

DEC has deployed a a fleet of 22 drones across the state to enhance the state’s environmental management, conservation and emergency response efforts. The drones are equipped with both standard and thermal infrared cameras and can legally fly at heights below 400 feet. Each drone is operated by a human pilot that can control the vehicle with a remote control from the ground and at a distances of up to three miles. …Read More

Summers End 2017 Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Colleeen Zawadzki for winning our Summers End 2017 photo contest. Her photo, titled Sunset on Mirror Lake was selected by attendees of the 10 annual Water Festival. See all of the entries and also check out past entries on our photos page.

Kettle Lake Events – Fall 2017

We have 3 great events lined up for this fall and we hope that you can join us for each of them. September 24th Our 10th Annual Water Festival and Picnic at the Little York Lake Indoor/Outdoor Pavilion 1:00 to 4:00 Join us as we celebrate our beautiful lakes with our watershed community. Great food, great music and games, displays and more!    October 8th Backyard and Lakeside Habitat 2:00 Walking …Read More

C-OFOKLA Wins New Grant

We are pleased to announce that C-OFOKLA has been named a beneficiary of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), Chesapeake Bay Technical Capacity Grant for $50,000.  This one year award was obtained through collaboration with Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC-SU) as administrator, Princeton Hydro (Connecticut) as subcontractor for the analytical work, and CCSWCD for other services. This program, Creating Watershed Implementation Plans for Mitigating Stormwater in a Chain …Read More

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 …Read More