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C-OFOKLA 2016 Speakers Series Unveiled: Our Warming Waters

C-OFOKLA is pleased to announce its 2016 Speakers Series with three important and timely topics for residents of the Kettle Lake region and beyond. This series builds on the successful 2015 series which attracted 50-75 attendees each.

“We’re focusing in on our lakes and watershed in this series,” noted Tarki Heath, president of C-OFOKLA. “In particular, we’re looking at what effects external factors such as global warming and changes in our food production have and what we can do.”

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged to ensure your seat. Please visit cofokla.org/events to register.

Details of the events follow:

Effects of Warming Waters on Fish, Plants and Animals in New York Lakes

Monday, April 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Tully High School

Scott Kishbaugh, NYS Dep. of Conservation, Chief of the Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section for Water Assessment Management.

Our lakes are warming, but what will the likely impacts be for the fish, plants and others that inhabit our lakes? Find out from the expert. Understanding and studying the lakes of NY has been Scott Kishbaugh’s life work. His presentations are clear, clever and packed with important information for all those who understand the uniqueness and importance of our NYS lakes.
Join us at 6:00 PM with Dr. Kimberly Schulz and several SUNY-ESF Limnology students to view and discuss their work on our lakes.

Effects of Warming Waters on Harmful and Toxic Algae

Monday, May 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Tully High School

Dr. Gregory Boyer, Chair of the Environmental Chemistry Department at SUNY- ESF and Director of the Great
Lakes Research Consortium

Pictures of Lake Erie and other NYS waterways, covered with green algae have been prominent in the media. How bad is the algae and what can we expect as our waters warm? Find out from the internationally recognized, leading expert on this issue. Whether you are concerned about recreational swimming, fishing and aesthetics, or the impacts to our drinking water, this presentation will be enlightening and inform.

Effects of Warming Waters on Farms and Farming

Monday, June 20th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location TBA

Amanda Barber – Cortland Soil & Water Conservation District
Mike McMahon – EZ Acres Farm
Additional Speakers TBA

Farmers make their living from the land and are connected to it. They were the first stewards of land and water resources and continue to work hard to protect these for the next generation.

Join our distinguished panel as they outline current thinking in farm best management practices to support environmental and economically sustainable agriculture. Learn more about the progress that has been made and the challenges that farmers face in a rapidly evolving environment.

About C-OFOKLA – The Cortland – Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations, Inc. (C-OFOKLA) is dedicated to the preservation of the kettle lakes, surrounding waters and watershed regions in Cortland and Onondaga counties.

C-OFOKLA does so by advocating awareness of lake resources, educating communities about watersheds and their protection, and promoting stewardship of those waterways.